Learning and Engagement Intern 

Sadler’s Wells

As the Learning & Engagement Trainee you are taking your first steps into an arts management role. Working with the L&E team, you are responsible for delivering activity to increase community engagement, champion social inclusion, facilitate skills development and empower learning.

By building internal and external relationships you provide administrative and logistical support to plan, organise and coordinate the programme of Sadler’s Wells’ L&E activity. Which includes the National Youth Dance Company (NYDC), associate schools, our young associates and companies and creative learning projects.

Arts Management is about connecting artists and creative work with audiences. Arts managers execute plans to make a production, event or project happen – bringing together communities to create an experience that inspires us all.

Learning and Engagement (L&E) is about creating and sharing opportunities that will encourage and motivate communities to participate in and with our artistic programme.

This role is offered as part of STEP

STEP is a training programme for young EastLondoners local to the Olympic Park, who are ready to bring ideas, creative energy and perspectives tothe creative and cultural sector. You must be:

  • Aged 18 to 30
  • Resident of Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Newham or Waltham Forest, and lived in the boroughs whilst at school or college

Through STEP,you’ll get paid London Living Wageover a 12-month training programmetodevelop arange of skills and creative approaches and build on your network across different organisations or departments. You’ll complete a work-based placement, grow as part of a peer network, take part in regularprofessional development workshops, andgeta budgetto produce a collaborative project.

We’ll also connect youwith a specialist industry mentor, provide careers coaching and continue tooffersupport as part of our community after the programme.


Sadler’s Wells


You will be working remotely and then based at Sadler’s Wells, Rosebery Ave, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 4TN


30 hours a week, exact days and hours to be agreed with Intern


London Living Wage (£10.85/hour)


10am Wed 31 Mar

Sadler's Wells is a world-leading creative organisation dedicated to dance in all its forms. With over three centuries of theatrical heritage and a year-round programme of performances and learning activities, our mission is to make and share dance that inspires us all. Our vision is to create, through dance, a depth of connection beyond borders, cultures and languages, so we see ourselves in each other.

Sadler's Wells commissions and presents more new dance work than any other theatre in the world, embracing the popular and the unknown. Sadler’s Wells supports the development of dance artists and choreographers at every stage of their career. We give the next generation of artists the means to develop further through programmes such asNational Youth Dance Company;Young Associates; Wild Card;New Wave Associates;Open Art Surgery; andSummer University.

Nurturing artists and audiences of the future, Sadler's Wells' learning and engagement activities take dance out into the community and invite communities into the theatre, generating over 34,000 attendances annually. Our schools programmes offer access to dance, both in and out of school. There are also opportunities for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to take part in high-quality productions and learning opportunities, on and off our stages. The renownedCompany of Eldersis our resident over-60s performance group, and our annual events range from pre and post-show talks with dance artists to classes, workshops and assisted performances.

Sadler’s Wells is to open an additional mid-scale space in east London in 2022. Our new theatre building will be at the heart of a new cultural and education district in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where we will sit alongside the BBC, UAL’s London College of Fashion, V&A and UCL.


As Learning & Engagement Intern you will get a chance to learn and develop across a range of areas, tasks and responsibilities including;

  • Assisting with organising and coordinating arrangements for our learning and engagement activity, including associate schools, company of elders, National Youth Dance Company and other community projects.
  • Supporting on-site and offsite events; attending residentials, workshops, performances and events where necessary (including some weekends).
  • Carrying out administrative duties, including dealing with and responding to department enquiries, preparing welcome packs and other project resources and maintaining records.
  • Demonstrating a welcoming, courteous and supportive efficient service to all visitors, audiences, participants, partners, artists and colleagues.
  • Researching further opportunities to share information about Sadler’s Wells’ L&E activity and artistic programme.
  • Contributing to the development of promotional campaigns and materials to strengthen engagement.
  • Maintaining and developing knowledge on subjects and themes related to L&E activity and applying understanding and learning in an appropriate way to support participants and audiences.
  • Complying with and keeping up to date on safeguarding regulations
  • Attending meetings and training sessions as required
  • Undertaking other duties as reasonably required
  • At all times; carrying out duties and responsibilities in regard to Sadler’s Wells’ Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Health and Safety Policies. This will include providing assistance with evacuation procedures or building searches in the event of an emergency at any of Sadler's Wells’ premises.

Please note this is just a guide, do apply if you have transferable skills and even if you do not meet every single requirement

  • Positive and proactive approach to work
  • Commitment to social inclusion
  • Demonstrable interest and passion in the Arts and Cultural sector
  • Understanding of social impact and the benefit of community arts
  • Understanding of Health and Safety principles
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, using verbal and/or non-verbal as appropriate
  • Ability to follow instructions and absorb information
  • Ability to plan and organise, working within timelines and to deadlines
  • Experience of working with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook applications
  • Ability to maintain accuracy and pay meticulous attention to detail and
  • Ability to identify problems and seek support and help from others
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Responds positively to challenging situations
  • Confident working with people from a variety of different backgrounds
  • Ability to thrive in a team
  • Confident adapting and creating new ideas
  • Friendly and empathetic
  • Reliable and punctual
  • Interest in the work of Sadler’s Wells is desirable
  • Knowledge and relevant experience of Arts Administration is desirable
  • Knowledge and relevant experience of working on live events is desirable
  • Experience of working with people from a variety of different backgrounds is desirable
  • An understanding of the needs of artists and artistic companies is desirable

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