The Royal Opera House runs an innovative Apprenticeship Scheme across a variety of backstage departments.
Apprenticeships begin every year in September, at the start of the performing season. New apprentices will join the Royal Opera House’s current cohort, receiving invaluable on-the-job experience in one of London’s leading theatres.
Apprentices can apply to join our in-house teams in the following roles:
- Theatre technician (two places)
- Lighting technician
- Costume (tailoring)
- Scenic metalwork
- Scenic art
The Royal Opera House has been offering sector-leading apprenticeships since 2007. The scheme has recently expanded to include positions in IT, Finance and Marketing. Apprentices gain a relevant industry qualification and are guided by some of the most accomplished and recognised practitioners in the UK’s arts industry. They graduate equipped with transferable skills and a fantastic breadth of experience. We offer different apprenticeships each year and advertise them in May. In recent years we have offered apprenticeships in costume, scenic carpentry, wigs and make-up departments. We do not offer any design-based apprenticeships.
Apprentices will work between 40 and 42.5 working hours a week, including college time. All apprenticeships involve an element of study for an apprenticeship standard. By law, an apprentice must spend 20% of their employed hours taking part in off-the-job training. Most apprenticeships last two years (a few last longer).
All apprentices are paid the National Living Wage, rising by 2.5% in the second year. You are entitled to all National Living Wage rises. Apprentices are expected to use this to pay for their own travel to work and college.
Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London, UK