Steven Hughes, Metalwork Foreman, and Tommy Judd, Scenic Metalworker Apprentice © ROH/Sim Canetty-Clarke, 2015
Steven Hughes, Metalwork Foreman, and Tommy Judd, Scenic Metalworker Apprentice © ROH/Sim Canetty-Clarke, 2015

Apprenticeships - FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is involved in a Royal Opera House Apprenticeship?

  • All of the Apprenticeships will last two years (or three years for Scenic Metalwork and Flys and Technical Theatre Engineering), and will start on 3rd September 2019.
  • Apprentices study towards qualification (minimum Level 2) 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 the Living Wage in your first year (even if you are under 25), rising by 2.5% in your second year.

What would my hours be?

  • You will work full time. This will be 40 hours per week for the Scenic Carpentry Apprenticeship and Scenic Metalwork Apprenticeship and 48 hours for the other apprenticeships.
  • Your actual hours of work will depend on the normal working hours of your department. Technical Theatre apprentices will work a number of different shift patterns including evenings and weekends.
  • Time at college is included within 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?

Will there be accommodation provided?

Unfortunately there is no offer of accommodation with the apprenticeship scheme.  Apprentices are responsible for arranging their own travel and accommodation.

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 work trial if appropriate and/ or a tour of the Royal Opera House building or workshops.
  • Many of the interview dates are advertised, please make sure that you can attend these dates (unless you have exams, then you need to let us know as early as possible that you can’t attend).
  • We will refund travel costs incurred to attend interviews, tours or assessments. You will need to provide receipts to claim your travel costs. If your travel is likely to cost more than £50 please speak to one of our HR administrators before booking it.

Apprenticeships at the Royal Opera House are generously supported by the Derek Butler Trust, Jasper Conran OBE and the Gordon Foundation.