Training for less able youngsters


A GROUND-BREAKING programme to train less able students in performing arts, will soon be launched.

Chichester College, Chichester Festival Theatre and Rolls-Royce have joined forces to launch specialist training for youngsters with conditions such as Down syndrome and autism.

The programme, entitled Theatre Inc, is the first of its kind in the UK to be recognised by the Government’s Educational Funding Agency.

It will be launched at Chichester Festival Theatre on February 26 at 7pm and will offer specialist, vocational training through supported work placements.

Lecturer Estelle Palmer said: “I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and training many brilliant, talented students who desperately wanted to continue their training past the foundation level, but had hit an academic ceiling.

“They could pursue recreational courses which were fun, but not designed to prepare people for employment. We want students to fulfil their potential and become technical specialists who can pursue careers in the performing arts.”