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Apprenticeships – FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is involved in a Royal Opera House Apprenticeship?

  • Apprenticeships last two years, and start on 5 September 2016.
  • Apprentices study towards a formal 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.

What would my hours be?

  • You will work full time. This will be 48 hours per week for the Lighting and Technical Theatre apprenticeships, and 40 hours per week for the other apprenticeships.
  • Your actual hours of work will depend on the normal working hours of your department. Lighting and Technical theatre apprentices work a number of different shift patterns.
  • The working patterns for the Wigs and Makeup, Lighting and Technical Theatre apprenticeships may include 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.

Would I be paid?

  • You will be paid the National Living Wage in your first year (even if you are under 25), which is £7.20 per hour. This will rise by 2.5% when you successfully complete your first 12 months. This means for the Lighting and Technical Theatre Apprenticeships your weekly wage (before tax and other deductions) in the first year will be £345.60. For all the other apprenticeships we are advertising in 2016, the weekly wage in the first year (before tax and other deductions) will be £288.

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

  • Our apprenticeships are intended for those wishing to pursue a vocational pathway into backstage theatre, and offer the opportunity to achieve Level 2 and/or Level 3 qualification. If you already have a degree or other equivalent higher education qualification, you will not be eligible for consideration for this scheme. The exception to this is the Scenic Art Apprenticeship. Graduates will be considered for the Scenic Art Apprenticeship, due to the level of technical experience required for that particular opportunity.
  • You must have authorization to work in the UK.
  • If you have a degree-level qualification please look at our list of current job vacancies or opportunities for work experience instead.

Will accommodation be 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 and Costume Centre in Purfleet. The interview could include a work trial or practical assessment if appropriate and/or a tour of the ROH building or workshops.

Will you pay may interview expenses?

  • We will reimburse reasonable travel expenses for standard-class travel only, upon production of a receipt or Oyster Card print-out.
  • If you are invited to interview you should discuss your travel plans with us before making any commitments.
  • We will not reimburse any costs which have not been agreed in advance.

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