The Apprenticeships Scheme

The Royal Opera House has been offering sector-leading apprenticeships since 2007. The scheme has recently expanded to include positions in IT, Finance and Marketing. Apprentices gain a relevant industry qualification and are guided by some of the most accomplished and recognised practitioners in the UK’s arts industry. They graduate equipped with transferable skills and a fantastic breadth of experience. We offer different apprenticeships each year and advertise them in May. In recent years we have offered apprenticeships in costume, scenic carpentry, wigs and make-up departments.  We do not offer any design-based apprenticeships.

My apprenticeship has taught me invaluable on-the-job experience that textbook learning cannot provide. I have also made lots of connections that have helped me to network and improve my knowledge of the industry.

To apply, you must:

  • be aged 18 or over on the start date
  • have authorisation to work in the UK
  • Not have a degree-level (or equivalent) qualification

No other specific qualifications are necessary, although a few apprenticeships that we offer have minimum GCSE requirements. Each job description outlines the skills and interests that we are looking for.

Here are some helpful hints and tips that you can use when applying.

Apprenticeships begin in September, with recruitment taking place during May and June. You can sign up for an e-mail alert to let you know when apprenticeship applications are open.

How apprenticeships work

Apprentices will work between 40 and 42.5 working hours a week, including college time. All apprenticeships involve an element of study for an apprenticeship standard. By law, an apprentice must spend 20% of their employed hours taking part in off-the-job training. Most apprenticeships last two years (a few last longer).

All apprentices are paid the  National Living Wage, rising by 2.5% in the second year. You are entitled to all National Living Wage rises. Apprentices are expected to use this to pay for their own travel to work and college. Unfortunately, we do not offer accommodation as part of the scheme.

I’ve made some great friends at the Royal Opera House and have learned a lot as a technician. The apprenticeship has also taught me many things about myself and opened so many opportunities...I can’t wait to see what is next!