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Apprenticeships – FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is involved in a Royal Opera House Apprenticeship?

  • All of the Apprenticeships will last two years, and will start on 4 September 2017.
  • Apprentices study towards qualification (minimum Level 2) related to their specialism. College attendance is required either on a day release or block release basis.
  • Apprentices receive ongoing support from a college tutor, departmental line manager and the Apprenticeships Team.

Would I be paid?

  • You will be paid the Living Wage in your first year (even if you are under 25), rising by 2.5% in your second year.

What would my hours be?

  • You will work full time. This will be 48 hours per week for the Technical Theatre apprenticeship, and 40 hours per week for the other apprenticeships
  • Your actual hours of work will depend on the normal working hours of your department. Technical Theatre apprentices will work a number of different shift patterns including evenings and weekends.
  • Time at college is included within these hours.
  • You will be entitled to 5.6 weeks holiday per year, including statutory holidays.

Am I eligible to apply for a Royal Opera House apprenticeship?

Will there be accommodation provided?

Unfortunately there is no offer of accommodation with the apprenticeship scheme.  Apprentices are responsible for arranging their own travel and accommodation.

How can I apply for an apprenticeship?

  • Apprenticeship opportunities are advertised on our vacancies page.
  • To apply for an apprenticeship position, you will need to follow the online application process.
  • Following the recruitment closing date, we will let you know whether or not you have been selected for interview.
  • Interviews take place at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden or at our Production Workshops in Purfleet. The interview could include a work trial if appropriate and/ or a tour of the ROH building or worksops.

Apprenticeships at the Royal Opera House are generously supported by the Derek Butler Trust, Jasper Conran OBE, the Gordon Foundation and Thurrock Borough Council.