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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?

  • 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 qualifications (equivalent to GCSE (grade A*–C) and A Level). If you already have a degree or other equivalent higher education qualification, 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.
  • Graduates will be considered for the Scenic Art Apprenticeship, due to the level of technical experience required for that particular opportunity.

I am a graduate, am I eligible to apply?

  • 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 qualifications (equivalent to GCSE (grade A* - C) and A Level). If you already have a degree or other equivalent higher education qualification, you will not be eligible for consideration for this scheme.
  • Graduates will be considered for the Scenic Art apprenticeship due to the level of technical experience required for that particular opportunity.
  • Please look at our list of current job vacancies or opportunities for work experience.

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.

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.