Royal Opera House Apprentices

An Apprenticeship gives you the chance to learn with some of the most accomplished and recognised practitioners in the UK theatre industry. Combining hands-on training with relevant study, you can earn while you learn. We want everyone to have the opportunity to explore a career in theatre and learn from our award-winning teams. On this page you can find out what an apprenticeship is, if you are eligible and how to apply.

Latest news

Find out the latest from the apprenticeship scheme

2024/2025 Applications: Applications for the 2024/2025 Apprenticeship Scheme are now open. The 24/25 cohort will start their apprenticeships in September 2024. Applications will be posted on our job vacancy pages and released over the coming weeks.


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.

The apprenticeships scheme

The Royal Opera House is committed to opening up opportunities for everyone to enjoy a career in theatre making, from backstage to business support services. We want to invite people to use their skills and enthusiasm in as many areas of the organisation as possible.

Our apprenticeships are aimed at offering an alternative pathway into the industry for individuals to learn through practice. As well as exciting experiences apprentices gain a relevant industry qualification, so they can graduate with transferable skills to take into careers in the industry and beyond.

Since 2007 our production, technical and business support teams have been committed to ensuring our apprentices have a world class experience. Over 88% of our apprentices stay working in the Creative Industries, many of them joining the workforce at the Royal Opera House.

The application

Royal Opera House apprenticeships are open to people who are aged 18 or over on the start date, have authorisation to work in the UK and do 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. This will be made clear as part of the application process.

We have different opportunities on offer each year and are announced in April on this webpage. Apprenticeships are often available in Technical Theatre, Costume making, Scenic Metalwork and Carpentry as well as in Marketing, Learning & Participation and Business Administration. We do not offer design-based apprenticeships.

Applications for 2024/25 apprenticeships are now open.

How it works

I wanted a change in my career but was not sure what I wanted to do. I have always loved theatre and been interested in how it comes to life.

Details of the scheme

Most apprenticeships last two years (a few last longer). Apprentices will work between 40 and 42.5 working hours a week and spend approximately one day per week at college. All apprenticeships involve an element of study for an apprenticeship standard (Level Three).

All apprentices are paid the National Living Wage, rising by 2.5% in the second year. Apprentices are expected to use this to pay for their own travel to work and college. No accommodation is offered as part of the scheme. 

The Royal Opera House is committed to making opportunities accessible to people of all backgrounds. Read our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy. 

A day in the life

I am well supported in both college and work. Both ask what I am doing in each place so they can help me achieve what I need to. They both also give me the space and time to get all my work completed.

Meet our apprentices

Each apprenticeship is different and offers unique opportunities. Read our diary entries to find out what apprentices do each day and what they love about their roles. You can also watch short clips that give behind-the-scenes insight.

Apprenticeships are generously supported by the Derek Butler Trust, The Gatsby Charitable Foundation, Headley Trust, The Linbury Trust, The Porter Foundation, Gregory Annenberg Weingarten, GRoW @ Annenberg, Amar-Franses and Foster-Jenkins Trust and other donors who wish to remain anonymous.

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