Royal Opera House Apprenticeships

Royal Opera House

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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
  • Costume (tailoring)
  • Scenic metalwork
  • Scenic art
  • Archive
  • Marketing
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.

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