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 practitioners. On this page you can find out what an apprenticeship is, if you are eligible and how to apply.
National Apprenticeship Week. This year, National Apprenticeship week takes place from 6th–12th February 2023 and the theme is 'skills for life'. You can learn about the skills gained by our apprentices on our Instagram and TikTok.
2023/24 Applications. Applications for the 2023/2024 Apprenticeship Scheme are now open. The 23/24 cohort will start their apprenticeships in September 2023. Sign up for e-mail alerts to be notified when applications open.
Royal Opera House apprentices have the opportunity to explore careers in the arts, through unique placements and experiences with our creative teams. Since 2007 young people have gained experience and qualifications across the theatre sector including in costume, wigs, scenic art, technical theatre, IT, marketing and youth engagement.
Apprentices are trained by some of the most accomplished practitioners in the UK's arts industry. As well as exciting experiences, apprentices also gain a relevant industry qualification, so they can graduate with transferable skills to take into careers in the industry and beyond.
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.
Different apprenticeships are offered each year and are announced in April on this webpage. Apprenticeships are often available in the following areas: Costume and wardrobe departments, Scenic construction and scenic art, Marketing, Technical theatre, Learning and Participation. We do not offer design-based apprenticeships.
Applications for 2023/24 apprenticeships are now open.
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 out Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy.
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.
Royal Opera House Covent Garden Foundation, a charitable company limited by guarantee incorporated in England and Wales (Company number 480523) Charity Registered (Number 211775)