Call to Action: Training & Skills Needs: Information Request from Government!

10 February 2023

SOLT/UK Theatre are currently in conversation with civil servants at DCMS and DfE regarding our sector’s skills shortages and potential solutions.

This work will be ongoing however DCMS are seeking urgent input on the questions detailed below.

Your feedback on any or all of these before close of play on Wednesday 15th February 2023 would be very much appreciated.

Please contact SOLT/UK Theatre’s new Policy and Research Officer Şenay Camgöz, who is leading on this policy work . Please email your responses to Alternatively if you would like to let her know your availability, she will be happy to set up a call to discuss.


  • Please share details of apprenticeships schemes you’ve run/been party to.
  • How do they work?
  • What has worked well?
  • What has not worked?
  • How could they work better in future?
  • What gov’t intervention would be useful?


Skills Gaps

  • What are your most pressing skills gaps?
  • Looking to the future, what skills gaps to you foresee?


Skills Bootcamps

The government has asked SOLT/UK Theatre’s whether Skills Bootcamp courses could help to address skills shortages in the sector. These courses would last up to 16 weeks and employers would need to guarantee a job interview at the end of the course. This entry route will not be suitable for all roles however, any feedback from you or your teams on which skills needs might be addressed through this route would be helpful.

Please see Skills and Training document below detailing some further questions from the government as well as SOLT/ UK Theatre draft responses.

Skills and Training Document

SOLT/ UK Theatre Welcome feedback on any or all of the above by close of play on Wednesday 15th February 2023. Please email your responses to