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Apprentices’ advice to others considering job options: ‘I’m doing things that I would never get to do in a classroom’

ROH apprentices on the various avenues open to young people through workplace training.

By Hayley Bartley (Former Content Producer (Learning))

12 March 2015 at 11.27am | 4 Comments

Taking place this week, National Apprenticeship Week is a celebration of the positive impact apprenticeships have on individuals, businesses and the economy in the UK.

As part of this week-long celebration, second-year ROH apprentices Peter Doyle and Aimee Pompili have shared their advice to other young people thinking about pursuing in-work training.

For Peter, a Technical Theatre Apprentice, the skills he has learned so far have been invaluable and he would recommend an apprenticeship to others:

‘If I was speaking to someone who was thinking about doing an apprenticeship I would tell them go for it!’ he says. ‘I’m doing things that I would never get to do if I was sat in a classroom - I’m working with people who are some of the best in the world, and that’s an opportunity that doesn’t arise every day.’

Since 2007, the Royal Opera House has offered apprenticeships in a number of backstage and technical disciplines, including Costume, Wigs and Make-up, Scenic Art, Scenic Carpentry, Scenic Metalwork, Props, and Technical Theatre departments. The scheme provides young people with the opportunity to learn on the job while also gaining a recognized qualification.

The next round of recruitment for apprentices will be in May this year. Find out more about the ROH Apprenticeship scheme.

National Apprenticeship Week runs from 9 to 13 March 2015.

Apprenticeships at the Royal Opera House are generously supported by the Derek Butler Trust, the Ashley Family Foundation and the Gordon Foundation.

By Hayley Bartley (Former Content Producer (Learning))

12 March 2015 at 11.27am

This article has been categorised Learning and tagged apprentice, apprentices, apprenticeships, jobs, learning, National Apprentice Week, training

This article has 4 comments

  1. Mark responded on 23 July 2015 at 12:43pm Reply

    Hello

    My name is Mark I am interested in getting into back stage technical theatre as a career.I currently work in front of house Theatre and I'm interested in what goes on behind the scenes.

    Could you please give me some information on the courses available and what is the charge fee?

    Thank you

    Mark

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 23 July 2015 at 2:58pm

      Hi Mark,

      Most apprenticeships last for two years and 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 are paid.

      You can find out more into about apprentices at http://www.roh.org.uk/learning/schools-and-colleges/apprenticeships

      Thanks,

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  2. Hello ROH

    I'm part of a company called RateMyApprenticeship, we focus on educating school leavers about their post-school options, including apprenticeships, with great employers like the Royal Opera House.

    We'd love to work with you in some capacity, whether it's by creating some content for your site about how valuable apprenticeships are, and then promoting your case studies and opportunities on our website.

    Does this sound like it would be of interest?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 16 November 2015 at 11:36am

      Hi Nicholas,

      Thanks for your comment. I've passed it to our Communications and Learning & Participations teams.

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

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