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ROH apprenticeships: applications now open for September 2016

Opportunities available in lighting, wigs and make-up, costume, technical theatre, scenic art, and scenic carpentry.

By Hayley Bartley (Former Content Producer (Learning))

9 May 2016 at 3.03pm | 2 Comments

Applications for 2016 are now closed.

The Royal Opera House is now recruiting six new apprentices to join in September 2016.

Positions will be available in the Scenic Art, Scenic Carpentry, Costume, Technical Theatre, Lighting and Wigs and Make-up departments.

'Before I started I had the impression that the Royal Opera House was a big corporate workplace, almost like a factory, but I couldn’t have been more wrong', says Technical Theatre apprentice Jack Eaton. 'Yes, it is a big building but it’s also like a family; everyone knows your name, even if you can’t always remember theirs!'

The ROH apprenticeship scheme has been running since 2007 and currently has 17 apprentices employed across 12 different disciplines. Apprenticeships run for two years and are located at the ROH's Covent Garden or Thurrock sites. The Costume department position will be the first apprenticeship to take place in the new Costume Centre at High House Production Park.

'You don't need to know a lot about ballet or opera, you just need to be enthusiastic and ready to learn', says Costume Performance Support and Footwear apprentice Sophie O’Connor. 'I really love being a part of all the different productions, there is a great energy and working here is really enjoyable.'

Past apprentices have gone on to further work-related training or to work for other organizations in the industry, including the BBC, Southbank Centre and National Theatre.

The closing date for applications is 8am on Monday 13 June. Please note, applicants must be 18 years old or over. See full details of our apprenticeship scheme and how to apply.

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

This article has 2 comments

  1. Busisiwe Masemola responded on 30 August 2016 at 3:12pm Reply

    Dear Sir/Madam
    My name is Busisiwe Veronicca Masemola. Iam a post graduate student from the Tshwane University of technology (TUT). I have studied Performing Arts technology under Entertainment technology. I have specialist in Stage management, lighting,props and makeup. My other subjects are decor, costume, hairstyling,arts administrator, sound and theatre history.
    My dream was after graduating I want to work on a cruise ship as part of technical crew/ theatre crew. I've been trying to apply then someone told me about the your company then I googled i was very interested then I got the email. can you please help me to apply, if the are forms that I need to fill up please send me or tell me how to apply.
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    il appreciate to hear from you thank you.
    yours faithfully
    BV MASEMOLA

    • Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer) responded on 31 August 2016 at 10:27am

      Hi Masemola,
      Thanks for getting in touch. We list all of our current vacancies here, so keep an eye on this page for opportunities. We also announce job vacancies on our social media channels, so make sure to follow us on twitter for the latest.
      All best wishes,
      Rose

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