14 May 2013 at 5.30pm | Comment on this article
The Royal Opera House is to offer a number of new Derek Butler Apprenticeships across production departments, commencing in September 2013.
Those aged 18 and over will have the chance to learn from some of the best skilled people in the industry as they study towards a formal qualification related to their specialism. Positions will be available in the Armoury, Collections, Costume and Footwear, Education Tours and Events, Scenic Carpentry, Stage Engineering and Technical Theatre. All Derek Butler Apprentices will be paid and their college fees covered by the Royal Opera House.
The Royal Opera House has benefited hugely from apprenticeships at both Covent Garden and Thurrock, with a number of staff hired after completing training. Many more develop transferrable skills which increase their employability, with former apprentices going on to work for Sydney Opera House, BBC Proms and the London 2012 Opening Ceremony.
'I've found my career through the scheme. I didn't know what I wanted to do before,' said Exhibition Apprentice Georgia when she was interviewed as part of a recent Twitter Q&A to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week.
'When we're together, we're like a family,' added her colleague Tommy, a Scenic Metalwork Apprentice, 'but we're from completely different backgrounds.'
Find out what ROH Apprentices do on a day to day basis:
The closing date for applications is 10am on 3 June.
Apprenticeships at the Royal Opera House are generously supported by the Derek Butler Trust, John Lyon’s Charity, the Headley Trust, Ashley Family Foundation, Gordon Foundation, the Worshipful Company of Joiners and Ceilers and an anonymous donor. The closing date is 10am on 3 June.