Theatre and film helps train young people in Bognor in employment skills

A company which uses theatre and film making to train young people and job seekers with employment skills had a visit from Bognor’s MP.

Monday, 29th March 2021, 3:16 pm

On Friday Nick Gibb went to Making Theatre Gaining Skills CIC at its Longford Road training centre and met a group who had completed a children’s video about nature.

“The idea of training people in vital employment skills through the medium of theatre and film is highly effective’” Mr Gibb said.

“The children’s video I saw was very professional and educational, introducing young children to the vocabulary of nature, from caterpillars to tadpoles, and from Red Admiral butterflies to frogs, with visual techniques you might see in some of the best made children’s television.

Hilary Strong (director), volunteers Georgia Morley and Chelsea Song and Nick Gibb

“The training centre is still in its early days but, with the fallout from Covid, it is set to be in great demand as people confined to their homes during lockdown seek reintroduction to the labour market. I wish Hilary Strong (director) and her impressive team every success with this important venture.”

The premises is a training centre operated by The Bognor Makerspace CIC, also directed by Hilary Strong, and shared with the Aldingbourne Trust. The centre also provides lessons in maths and English.