Trainees on the big stage

Public Sector Commission

Curator, event production officer, ticketing vendor and flyman are probably not the first occupations that come to mind in regards to the public sector.

But for a select group of six school and work-based trainees, a one-day tour provided some insight into the diverse range of creative industry careers that exist within the public sector.

The Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA) collaborated with the Public Sector Commission (Commission) to host a tour of three Perth cultural icons.

One DCA and five Commission trainees visited His Majesty’s Theatre, the State Theatre Centre and the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

At His Majesty’s Theatre, the trainees absorbed the building’s rich history through the eyes of a performer. Through the stage door and into the orchestra pit, to the upper circle and control room, the trainees were taken on a journey from opening day in 1904 to the stage backdrops for the current run of WA Ballet’s performance of Don Quixote.

Next stop was the contemporary architectural treat that is the State Theatre Centre. Trainees explored the green room and rehearsal room learnt of the work—and workers—that brought a show to life.

Accompanied by a curator, the group then visited the Art Gallery’s latest exhibition: Rise of Sneaker Culture.

The tour emphasised that being a public sector employee did not necessarily mean working in an office behind a desk.

The Commission’s traineeship programs provide pathways to employment for youth aged 17 to 24, through a Certificate in Government and an entry pathway to a career in the public sector.

For further information regarding youth opportunities in the public sector, visit the Public Sector Commission website.

For full schedules of upcoming shows and exhibitions, visit the Perth Theatre Trust and Art Gallery of WA websites.