Delivering interactive sessions for young people

This term, for the first time since the pandemic, the Learning & Participation team of The Guildhall Trust has been back on the road visiting schools to deliver interactive guidance sessions about careers in the cultural sector.

The team from Portsmouth Guildhall, delivered 12 sessions to almost 400 pupils aged 11-16 across the region with the aim of showcasing the many creative careers within the sector, from marketing to lighting technician, box office to front-of-house manager and so much more

Using video footage and discussions led by experienced practitioners, pupils explored their skills and interests and the different pathways into the industry including apprenticeships, further and higher education, work experience and volunteering.

The popular workshops which are free of charge to schools, also provide a resource pack for teachers to enable further practical and aspiration building work to continue with pupils beyond the session with the aim of encouraging more young people to consider creative careers and to signpost them to the right courses at local colleges.

Head of Learning & Participation for The Guildhall Trust, Hayley Reay said, “It is so valuable for young people to have access to professionals from different sectors to be able to consider their options as they progress through Secondary School. So much of this work was affected during the pandemic so it is great to be able to offer these sessions once again which are always in high demand with the schools. It is wonderful to be able to share our knowledge with young people and offer them the support and opportunities that are needed to succeed on their chosen path.”

The positive feedback from teachers and students alike, attests to how valued the sessions are:

“The pupils loved it and it was really uplifting and inspiring. I cannot wait to book again”
Teacher at Mayfield School

“I loved it! It was amazing! I now want to do a creative job”
Student at Mayfield School

“I learnt about different creative jobs that I didn’t know existed”
Student at Hayling College

“I now know what I want to do with my life”
Student at Mayville High School

“It taught me that if something doesn’t work out, you have other opportunities”
Student at Portsmouth Academy


You can find out more about The Guildhall Trust’s work with schools and colleges, including Dance Live! the Schools and College dance event that is taking the country by storm here.

If you are interested in having the Creative Careers Roadshow visit your school, please contact Hayley Reay on 023 9387 0193 or email:

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