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Qualifications & Creative Employability

Qualifications & Creative Employability

Alternative provision and training courses at Leeds Playhouse


We offer opportunities for young people to gain qualifications and experience in the creative industries through our alternative provision and training courses.


Playhouse Young Leaders is a free course for 18 to 25 year olds to train up to become the next generation of arts facilitators.

We are working in partnership with Chapel FM, DAZL, Geraldine Connor Foundation, Mind the Gap and Leeds Libraries & Studio 12 to help participants develop skills for their creative community practice.

Six participants are ready to go, put forward by our creative partners. Now we are looking for six more people who are interested in any artform to join us!

The project includes:

The course will give online training in planning and delivering workshops and events, setting up as an artist, safeguarding, career development and working with communities among lots of other things. You will get to know lots of industry professionals who are working in Leeds and beyond.

You will have the opportunity to work as small companies to lead engagement projects such as workshop series, small-scale community events or digital engagement. There is also the option to complete a Gold Arts Award for those who want to, and even gain some work experience.


We are interested in hearing from people who can bring all kinds of experiences and perspectives to the group, particularly those who are currently underrepresented in the arts.

It’s really easy to apply.

You can download and complete the application form, send us a video (5 mins max) or an audio file (5 mins max).
Please email your application to Project Manager Jenny Sullivan at before the deadline at 10am on 29 January .

For more information, please download the accessible Easy English Information Sheet. If you’d like support with your application or to ask any questions, Jenny is happy to help – just drop her an email or call the Playhouse Youth Team on 07514 927617.

Download the application form

Breeze Arts Foundation

Ages 16-19
Wednesdays & Thursdays, 9:30am – 3pm
Performing Arts and Creative Industries

This course is for young people aged 16–19, not in education, employment or training. You will be enrolled as a Leeds City College student. This course offers young people the opportunity to learn a range of skills, find out about different jobs in the arts, and devise and perform their own theatre piece. You could also gain an Arts Award qualification, as well as working towards a qualification in performing arts. If you would like more information, or to refer a young person, please contact Shreena on 07891 270976 or email

For more info on the course, click here.

Buzz Creative Arts Course

Ages 16-25
Mondays & Tuesdays 10am – 3pm
Drama, Movement & Visual Arts

This course is suitable for young people with a learning disability who are aged 16–25 and have a keen interest in arts subjects. Young people take part in drama, music, movement and visual art workshops. Participants also gain qualifications through accreditation from Arts Award.

This course is currently full but you can enquire regarding waiting list places, please contact Natalie on 0113 213 7236 or email

Find out more about Buzz
Download BrochureAutumn / Winter 22
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Major funders
Arts Council England Leeds City Council The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation
Principal Capital and Families Partner
Caddick Developments
Principal Capital and Access Partner
Irwin Mitchell Solicitors