We’ve put together information based on the most frequently asked questions.
What is an Apprenticeship?
An Apprenticeship is a real job with vocational training which enables you to work towards an accredited qualification. Learning takes place ‘on the job’ as well as at regular college sessions outside the workplace. You do not have to have specific qualifications or experience to be eligible to apply. You will just need to show us that you have a commitment to learning and a passion for working in a creative setting.
We are looking for applicants who want to start a career working in technical, front of house, production, administration, producing roles or working with young people, so, if you are looking to be a performer, or looking to fill a gap year before going to drama school then this is not the right opportunity for you.
What qualifications will I get?
The Level 2 qualification is made up of workplace experience and one day a week studying at college. At the end, you will have completed two portfolios to demonstrate what you’ve learned. Training towards your Level 2 certificate will take place ‘on the job’ as well attending regular college sessions outside your workplace with the other Apprentices on the programme. Your college training will be at Lewisham and Southwark College (Waterloo).
As the apprenticeship qualification is made up of both the college based training and the theatre based work, if you throw yourself into one but don’t take the other seriously you will not complete the qualification or have anything to show for the year. If you are prepared to commit yourself to both, we’ll be delighted to match your commitment with a huge amount of support.
What’s in it for me?
This programme will give you:
- 12-month contract with a minimum monthly wage of £1,061 (NAMW)
- Training towards a Level 2 qualification
- Support and guidance to achieve your goals
Am I eligible? Do I need any qualifications or previous experience?
You must be:
Aged between 16-24 yrs (on the day your contract starts) or 29yrs if you consider yourself to have a disability
You can turn 25 during the year but you must be between 16 and 24 yrs (or 29yrs if you consider yourself to have a disiability) on the day your contract starts. The funding for the programme is dependent on this and we are not able to be flexible at all. We will ask you to bring photo ID and proof of age before we can consider you for interview.
Resident in one of the 32 London boroughs
You must have a London address when you apply. Part of the programme’s funding is only for apprentices coming from London and we are not able to be flexible on this point at all. A London address means you must be based in one of the 32 London boroughs.
Not a University graduate
This programme is meant to work alongside graduate recruitment, not to replace it. It’s ok if you started a degree but decided it wasn’t for you and left – as long as you didn’t graduate, you can still apply. On the other hand, it doesn’t matter if you have no GCSEs – we are looking at your potential and where you are going more than where you have come from.
Do I need any specific skills or experience?
It is our job to make sure that we give you the ‘on the job’ training that you need to be able to do your apprenticeship safely and to the best of your ability so we don’t ask you to have previous experience, but we do want applicants with loads of enthusiasm, passion and commitment. Remember this when you’re applying and make sure we get a strong sense of what makes you tick.
I have a criminal record. Is that a problem?
No, but we will ask you to be honest and upfront about your situation at the start of the recruitment process. Some pathways might need a DBS check, which we would carry out on all applicants for that role, but a record doesn’t automatically mean you’re not eligible.
What kinds of opportunities will be on offer?
There are five different pathways that you can apply for:
Community Arts This pathway will enable you to learn about how theatres enrich the lives of communities by planning, promoting and running projects with groups of all ages.
Jobs in this pathway could include planning workshops in the community, helping to produce shows and working with professional artists.
Community Arts Administration This pathway will enable you to work with different departments, learning about how they work together and getting an overview of how theatres are run.
Jobs in this pathway could include general arts administration, supporting areas such as marketing, fundraising, production, front of house and project management.
Digital Marketing This pathway will be based in the marketing department and will give you a solid grounding in selling shows, building and maintaining relationships with audiences, particularly using social media and digital platforms.
Jobs in this pathway could include marketing specialisms, digital marketeer, audience development and communications roles.
Technical Theatre (Stage or Wardrobe) Based either in the Technical or the Wardrobe Department, this pathway will enable you to learn how theatres’ backstage teams work together to enable shows to happen.
Jobs in this pathway could include supporting sound, video or lighting designers, building sets and using technical equipment, programming lighting & sound effects for shows; dresser, wardrobe assistant, costume supervisor.
Venue Operations This pathway will enable you to learn about how theatres give the public the best possible experience when they come to see a show or engage with the theatre in other ways.
Jobs in this pathway could include selling tickets to the public, ushering shows, keeping audiences safe and delivering great customer service in a professional theatre.
Can I apply for more than one pathway?
We would suggest that you think hard about the right pathway for you rather than applying for them all – that’s what the Open Days are for. Each pathway is very different and we’re asking you to make a year-long commitment to work and training. If you are not on the right pathway, it will be very frustrating for you. Come to an Open Day so you can meet us before you apply, talk to us about the pathways and roles, and let us help you find out what would suit you best. We’d really love the chance to meet and talk and to support you to make the right choice.
Find out more about the theatres that you could work with: