5 May 2015 at 3.55pm | 8 Comments
The Royal Opera House is currently recruiting eight new apprentices to join in September 2015.
This year’s apprenticeships are:
Since 2007, the Royal Opera House has been offering apprenticeships in our Backstage, Technical, and Learning and Participation departments, providing opportunities to learn from some of the best-skilled people in the industry.
For Paddy Hail, our current Technical Theatre Apprentice, there has been no such thing as a typical day at the Royal Opera House. ‘It’s not some 9-5 job at a desk, it’s a lot more rewarding than that’, he says. ‘Coming in the door at 8am to find out that you’re building the BAFTAs, it’s insane […] building something that so many people watched and attended gives you a great feeling about yourself and your job, and getting feedback from your bosses and outside contractors makes you feel positive. I love it!’
Sophie Willis, our Costume and Footwear Technician Apprentice, has greatly appreciated the variety and responsibility she has been offered in her role. ‘Nothing can teach you how to keep your cool while sewing someone into their trousers after the beginners’ call, apart from experience’, she says. ‘I never expected to be spending nine hours a day sticking individual crystals onto pointe shoes, how could anyone expect that? It’s so much more than washing and ironing!’
Lucy Kevill, our Scenic Carpentry Apprentice, recommends that the best way to do well in an apprenticeship is to have faith in in your own ability. ‘You don’t need to be highly qualified to get these apprenticeships, you will get all the training you can dream of, but you need to have the desire to succeed’, she says. ‘So just really believe in your potential and others will see it too.’
The closing date for applications is 8am on Monday 1 June. See full details of our apprenticeship scheme and how to apply.
You can learn more about the Royal Opera House Apprenticeship Scheme by visiting our free exhibition offering an insight into the training opportunities available in the arts. Go to the ‘Visit Us’ page on our website for information for opening times.
Apprenticeships at the Royal Opera House are generously supported by the Derek Butler Trust, the Ashley Family Foundation and the Gordon Foundation.