Art Skills

The Playhouse offers an alternative approach to literacy training, by using the arts as a medium for developing literacy skills. The Literacy curriculum encompasses the following Core Elements – Speaking, Listening, Reading & Writing.

Artskills offers young people the opportunity to participate in creative training that will enhance their Literacy ability. This innovative approach is an opportunity for them to develop skills and interests, whilst engaging in meaningful, social and creative activity. The Playhouse will ensure that all participants are signposted towards additional training and opportunities to further develop skills in Performance, Creative Writing, Digital Photography, Film & Video, Web Design as well as Literacy.

The Artskills project’s main goal is to help young people who would like to improve their literacy and who are not in education. The project therefore aims to ‘reduce inactivity’ by improving the employability of young people not in employment/education/training.

The project aims to reach out and engage with 370 young people throughout the North West. Over the next couple of years (project running until 2014) our aim is to enhance self confidence and self esteem in our participants, enabling them to improve their literacy levels in a fun and accessible way. As well as gaining their CCEA essential skills in Literacy, the participants attain OCN Level 1 in the five creative complementary subjects.

The Playhouse provides a neutral, creative and safe learning environment which attracts individuals who have underachieved through formal education. The alternative arts-based training that we deliver is recognised as being an effective way of developing essential skills.

The Artskills Project is funded by the Department for Employment and Learning, the European Social Fund, and the Arts Council.