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Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship Scheme at the Royal Opera House

Why complete an apprenticeship at the Royal Opera House?

Our employees who work behind the scenes are as important to our opera and ballet productions as those who perform on stage.

The Royal Opera House has been offering apprenticeships in backstage production and technical departments since 2007, providing opportunities to gain high-quality vocational training through learning on the job from people within our organization who are some of the best skilled in the industry.

Complete an apprenticeship at the Royal Opera House and you will be extremely employable in your apprenticeship discipline having gained skills and work experience at a world-leading, international Opera House.

The Royal Opera House is an equal opportunities employer and is actively seeking to employ people onto our apprenticeship scheme under-represented in the workplace. Find out more details about the scheme and how to apply on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Watch these short films - Creative & Cultural Skills - Apprenticeships, The apprentices who help the Royal Opera House work - or visit our News & Features section to find out more about ROH Apprenticeships.

Scenic Metalwork, Scenic Carpentry and Scenic Art Apprenticeships at the Royal Opera House

Technical Theatre Apprenticeships at the Royal Opera House

Technical Theatre Apprentice

'Staring up at the ceiling with my neck almost resting on my back, I see the full scale of the Trojans set; it is giant. No, that’s an understatement. It’s enormous. The top Is just kissing the roof of the build area and it hugs five of us in an embrace that takes up about three quarters of the area we’re in, with the bust of a very war-ready horse in our peripheral vision and around 60 floodlights at our feet,' says Anna Marcangelo, Technical Theatre Apprentice.

Customer Service Apprentice

'My first week I would say has been a big challenge as I had a very large amount of information to take in and different procedures to learn; in contrast I did get to watch my first ever ballet which was truly amazing!,' says Hamida Akther, Customer Service Apprentice.

Scenic Art Department

‘The value for us as a team and as individuals of having our apprentices is hugely beneficial.  All of our work is about collaboration, which in turn is successful if communication is excellent. Having our apprentices has shown that the process of imparting knowledge to them and seeing how they quickly learn and appreciate this opportunity is also humbling and inspiring.’

Scenic Artist Apprentice

‘I really enjoy being taught by somebody that has a lot of experience and knowledge who takes you under their wing. I think this is the best way to learn,’ says Louisa Mozzilli, Scenic Arts Apprentice.


Apprenticeships at the Royal Opera House are generously supported by the Derek Butler Trust, The Headley Trust, Ashley Family Foundation, Gordon Foundation and the Worshipful Company of Joiners’ and Ceilers Charitable Trust.