Work Experience, Assistants & Apprentices

Doorstep’s Foot in the Door programme provides stepping stones for young people interested in finding out what it would be like to work in the professional arts sector. The first entry point in this staged progression route for young people in Torbay is a voluntary Work Experience placement.

Work Experience is a one week taster experience for young people who are interested in working professionally in the arts and would like a chance to get their foot in the door with the industry. Students can elect to take part as Work Experience interns formally through their school work experience scheme, or just volunteer directly through Doorstep Arts for the week. We are already fully booked for July 2019, but if you have a student who is interested, contact Jade Campbell – to enquire about which weeks may still be available.

Assistants and Apprentices are paid roles within the Foot in the Door progression. These roles may involve facilitating drama sessions with younger students, supporting full productions in a technical/production role, or assistant-producing the Doorstep Theatre Festival. In order to serve as a Doorstep assistant or apprentice, you need to have completed either work experience or a similar voluntary internship first.

Apprenticeships are for young people aged 15-16 who have completed previous volunteering for Doorstep. Assistants are paid positions for older young people (aged 16+) who want to work professionally in the arts. Once a young person has worked as an assistant for Doorstep, we can provide further Foot in the Door mentorship, training and support for you to move to Associate Artist status, and if appropriate, eventually to Lead Artist.