Work Experience

Our aim is to lift the curtain on the behind-the-scenes work that goes into creating theatre and running an arts organisation. We want this experience to be available to as many people as possible, whilst ensuring that it is a meaningful and valuable experience for all those who take part.

It is with this vision in mind that we have created our Work Experience programmes.

Work Experience Week

The main part of the programme is our Work Experience Week which takes place at the end of the Summer term (15 – 19 July 2024).

This is a full week of: workshops focused on different areas of the theatre from Directing to Inclusive Working; tasks designed to help engage you with what it is really like to work in an arts organisation.

Applications for our Work Experience Week are open now, click the link below to apply.  When applications close on 31 January, we will be selecting 20 young people to interview in February Half-Term, and selecting 5 to join us for a week in July.  This week is available to anyone completing work experience through their school.

We actively encourage people with different backgrounds to join us and so we’re particularly keen to hear from people from a culturally diverse background as well as D/deaf and disabled people, LGBTQ+ people, or those experiencing barriers due to their socioeconomic background.

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Exeter Northcott Work Experience Week 2023 photo. White wall backdrop. A young woman wearing a brown T-shirt smiles while controlling a theatre lighting mixing desk. To their right, a Dell desktop monitor.
Photo by Ralph Whitehead
Exeter Northcott Work Experience Week 2023 photo. Theatre stage. Black backdrop. A young boy wearing a black T-shirt smiles. Behind him, another young boy wearing a black Adidas tracksuit watches the smiling boy in amazement while holding onto a metal bar. The metal bar is holding up a white curtain attached to a steel ladder.
Photo by Ralph Whitehead

Hear From Work Experience Week participants

We recently caught up with 2023 Work Experience Week students Evie and Harry, who shared some exciting insights from their time on our programme.

Read the interview

Other Work Experience Opportunities

Online Work Experience Days

In addition to Work Experience Week, we are working with Speakers For Schools to create an online event full of informative, accessible and engaging workshops and Q&As.

Any student queries regarding the portal or application process can be sent to: [email protected]

Accessible Work Experience Opportunities

We work alongside a number of partner organisations to offer one-off Work Experience opportunities for young people with additional needs.

Alongside our partners, we work to create a package that offers each individual the best experience possible.

If you would like to know more about this, contact our Creative Engagement Producer Jacob Blackburn.

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