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Talent Development Programme Manager

If you have an eye for spotting and developing talent and know how to deliver inclusive and integrated projects for a local area, this opportunity with a revolutionary theatre should be right up your street! 

Formed in the UK by Felix Barrett in 2000, Punchdrunk has pioneered a game-changing form of immersive theatre in which roaming audiences experience epic and emotional storytelling inside sensory theatrical worlds. Their award-winning productions invite audiences to rediscover the childlike excitement and anticipation of exploring the unknown and experience a real sense of adventure.

In November 2019 Punchdrunk will move to Woolwich to take up residence in the Woolwich Creative District. The company will be delivering a range of exciting projects across scales. In order to meaningfully take up residence the company is committed to providing new and exciting opportunities for local residents to engage with the work as participants, employees, trainees, volunteers and audiences.

To support these new strands of activity, the company has created a new role for a Talent Development Programme Manager to deliver the talent development objectives. The successful candidate will be able to build creative and technical skills in the area and increase pathways to employment in the creative sector for people in the borough.


  • Project manage the Woolwich Talent Development Programme to ensure that it is sector-leading, impactful and of the highest quality
  • Devise and deliver four distinct strands of work within the Talent Development Programme: – Job Creation – Traineeships – Volunteering – Work Placements
  • Support recruitment into the programmes and ensure review structures are in place to support all participants in the programmes
  • Recruit and manage project teams as appropriate ensuring proper contracts and agreements are in place
  • Work with the communications team to devise and deliver an effective communications strategy to support the success of the programmes

For full description of Responsibilities, see the Job Description 


  • Minimum two years’ experience of project management of talent development, training and/or employability schemes encompassing the development, delivery and evaluation of projects
  • Experience of designing and delivering inclusive and integrated projects
  • Experience of working within an inner city culturally diverse environment
  • Experience of building effective partnerships with a range of stakeholders across community, voluntary and statutory sectors
  • Knowledge of national accreditation frameworks
  • Knowledge of current government policy on training and employability
  • Knowledge of the Higher Education & Further Education sectors
  • Experience of working on publicly funded projects
  • Ability to provide excellent pastoral care and support to a range of people, including vulnerable children, young people and adults
  • Commitment to ensuring inclusive and accessible programmes
  • Understanding of the transformative potential of the arts
  • Excellent written and spoken communication and numeracy skills
  • IT literate, with a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office packages


  • Follow this link to apply
  • In your application, state that you heard about this vacancy through the Creative Access website