Coinciding with National Careers Week, we’ve had secondary school student Will, who joined us for a work experience placement for the week. He was a great help, and got stuck in across many different departments in the building. He also documented his experience day-by-day, which you can read below.

A Week at the De La Warr Pavilion: A Journey through Creativity and Culture

My name is William Kneller, I chose to do my work experience at the De La Warr Pavilion because it has the facilities that engage you an exciting experience.

Day 1, morning: Welcome to the De La Warr Pavilion
As I stepped into the iconic De La Warr Pavilion, I was immediately struck by its striking modernist architecture juxtaposed against the serene backdrop of the sea. My first day was filled with introductions to the team and a tour of the venue, learning about its rich history and cultural significance.

Day 1, afternoon: Engaging in Talent Accelerator.
In my first task i was asked to have a look at the Social media and the stall design and write down what improvements they could do to make it more engaging with people.

Day 1, late afternoon: Tech Team
While I was with the tech team I got to have a look at all of the technical side of the auditorium, after the tour I got the opportunity to fit and learn the difference between the copper wiring of a plug socket.

Day 2, morning: Kitchen
I got to have a go at making 4 Victoria sponge cakes that turned out really good. I then got to make a start on making 250 cookies for an event that was on the next day.

Day 2, afternoon: Engaging the Community with educational programmes
Engaging with the local community is at the heart of the De La Warr Pavilion’s mission. I spent the afternoon at the Workplace that is not to far down the road to have a look at an educational art project that some of the students where taking part in.

Day 3, morning: Finance Department
In the morning I was asked to start cash counting the past 3 days of money that was taken in I was in flabbergasted but the amount they make in just 3 days. After that I got the opportunity to fill in an invoice for the first time from the County Council.

Day 3, afternoon: Communications
I was asked to write about my week in the blog your currently reading.

Day 4, morning: Front of House
I was ask to go around the auditorium and do some checks on the building after an event the day prior.

Day 4, afternoon: Box Office/Shop
During my time in the box office I have to use the cash register for some people that wanted to buy some seats for the next show and I got to use the card reader for some of the people that bought some sovereign from us.

Throughout my week at the De La Warr Pavilion, I was amazed by the amount of work that all of the departments do and it has grown an new found respect for people in the creative industry. It is an experience I’ll cherish forever

Thank you for your help Will!

If you’re interested about what work experience placements we currently have on offer, take a look at our Talent Accelerator page here, or get in touch at

Posted by Luke on Friday 8 March 2024