Apprenticeships - FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
What is involved in a Royal Opera House Apprenticeship?
- Most Apprenticeships last two years. Scenic Metalwork and Stage Engineering are three-year apprenticeships.
- Apprentices study towards a formal qualification (minimum Level 2 NVQ) 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 a rate of 2.5% above the age related National Minimum Wage, rising to 5% above the age related National Minimum Wage after 12 months’ service.
What would my hours be?
- You will work full time, 40 hours per week. Time at college is included in 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?
- You must be over 18 to start an apprenticeship at the Royal Opera House.
- You must have work authorisation for the UK.
- Previous experience is not always required but you will need to demonstrate an existing interest in the area that you are applying for.
- The skills required vary depending on the Apprenticeship but we look for all our apprentices to:
- have a helpful, positive and flexible approach.
- be punctual and good at managing their own workload.
- be self-motivated to acquire new skills and knowledge.
I am a graduate, am I eligible to apply?
You should note that the Royal Opera House offers QCF Level 2 and/or Level 3 apprenticeships which are equivalent to GCSEs (grade A* – C) and A Level. Our apprenticeships are intended for those wishing to pursue a vocational pathway into backstage theatre with the ambition of developing a career working behind the scenes in theatre.
If you already have a theatre-related higher education qualification or significant previous theatre experience you will not be eligible for consideration for this scheme. Please look at our list of current job vacancies or opportunities for work experience instead.
If you already have a higher education qualification that is not theatre related, we may consider you for some of our apprenticeships. However, please also note that due to funding restrictions imposed by some of the colleges we work with, you may not be eligible for all of our apprenticeships.
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 practical test if appropriate and a tour of the building.
- If there are no apprenticeships advertised on the vacancy page, please sign up to receive vacancy alerts and we will send you an email as soon as a new apprenticeship opportunity is posted.