Workshop Facilitator


physical |

expressive |

organised |

people orientated |

help people |

variety in work tasks |

irregular hours |

problem solver |


casual |

intermediate |

Business Types: 

education |

digital |

design |

museums |

performing arts |

What You'll Get?


These roles will typically mean you are self-employed and therefore have massive flexibility in the hours, days and projects you work.


Varies from one off workshops, 1 hour in length, to regularly contracted hours. 


Rates are decided by the artist and vary depending on experience and type of project. Below are some approximate rates for an early career facilitator. 

£15 - £30 /hour

£120 - £180 /day 

£700 - £900 /week 

What Would You Do?

As a Workshop Facilitator, you will be responsible for the planning and delivery of workshop sessions. You will generally be dealing with a wide range of groups and people and will, therefore, need to be adaptable and able to cater for a large variety of personalities, ages, additional needs and abilities in your area of practice. Because of this, it is important that you have a wide knowledge of exercises and methodologies that you can quickly utilise in a wide variety of situations. You could be working in schools, libraries, community centres, prisons or based at an arts venue.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Booking and scheduling your own working hours.

  • Providing rates for your time.

  • Invoicing clients.

  • Planning, preparation and delivery of workshops

  • Meeting with clients to negotiate and confirm work requirements

  • Ensuring safety, support and comfort of participants.

  • Ensuring safeguarding of participants in workshops.

  • Creating a fun and safe environment

What You'll Need?

Skills and abilities:

  • Strong communication skills.

  • Good organisation, planning and problem solving skills.

  • Ability to work flexibly and under pressure.

  • Specialist knowledge in your area such as theatre, dance, art, music, poetry etc.

  • Experience of engaging with participants from all backgrounds, levels and abilities and be confident in leading sessions independently.

  • Access to technology, such as webcam, microphone and reliable PC or laptop for online.

  • Knowledge and understanding of best Safeguarding practices for vulnerable adults.

Qualifications are not required; however, you will be able to communicate well with others and conduct yourself professionally and have a wide range of knowledge in your chosen specialism that you are able to call upon quickly. You must also be able to manage your own time between admin, planning and delivery surrounding your workshops. It will be expected for you to have a current enhanced DBS certificate as it is likely you’ll be working in roles that involve contact with children or vulnerable adults.

What Can You Achieve?

Freelancing has the potential to be a viable full time career prospect. You will develop an extensive range of knowledge pertaining to your specialist area of practice and be able to meet an exciting range of individuals. You will be able to learn from your peers and develop meaningful relationships through your work. Freelancer Workshop Facilitators are in high demand by a variety of organisations and there is scope for regular work. As well as this, the flexibility allowed by freelancing allows you to also follow additional career paths. Facilitating is a good option for supporting development of creative practice, and can offer regular income to support your own creative practice such as acting, or making art or music.

Where Do These Jobs Exist?

A wide variety of organisations require freelance Workshop Facilitators to deliver their programmes as well as introduce programmes to these establishments. Some post job listings online but as you gain experience and build relationships with employers, work can be offered to you through them. 

How To Apply?

Sometimes, you can be expected to submit a CV and covering letter explaining how you meet the details outlined in what you need for the role (personal specification). Or alternatively, some companies will approach you for a specific job connected to your individual practice. They may require a conversation about the expectations of the role and how you are able to fulfil these before making the decision to hire you.

What Else Can You Do?

When you do group work, volunteer where you can to lead the sessions, and practice being in charge, preparing the agenda and try out activities to keep the group motivated.

Look for groups of community artists. It's a very supportive and welcoming community and you will learn lots from just talking to people.

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