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Eight new apprenticeships offered at the Royal Opera House for September 2015

Opportunities are available across our Backstage, Technical, and Learning and Participation departments.

By Hayley Bartley (Former Content Producer (Learning))

5 May 2015 at 3.55pm | 8 Comments

The Royal Opera House is currently recruiting eight new apprentices to join in September 2015.

This year’s apprenticeships are:

Scenic Metalwork
Scenic Art
Scenic Carpentry
Sound and Audio-Visual
Technical Theatre
Learning and Participation Events
Ladies Costume Making
Costume Performance Support and Footwear

Since 2007, the Royal Opera House has been offering apprenticeships in our Backstage, Technical, and Learning and Participation departments, providing opportunities to learn from some of the best-skilled people in the industry.

For Paddy Hail, our current Technical Theatre Apprentice, there has been no such thing as a typical day at the Royal Opera House. ‘It’s not some 9-5 job at a desk, it’s a lot more rewarding than that’, he says. ‘Coming in the door at 8am to find out that you’re building the BAFTAs, it’s insane […] building something that so many people watched and attended gives you a great feeling about yourself and your job, and getting feedback from your bosses and outside contractors makes you feel positive. I love it!’

Sophie Willis, our Costume and Footwear Technician Apprentice, has greatly appreciated the variety and responsibility she has been offered in her role. ‘Nothing can teach you how to keep your cool while sewing someone into their trousers after the beginners’ call, apart from experience’, she says. ‘I never expected to be spending nine hours a day sticking individual crystals onto pointe shoes, how could anyone expect that? It’s so much more than washing and ironing!’

Lucy Kevill, our Scenic Carpentry Apprentice, recommends that the best way to do well in an apprenticeship is to have faith in in your own ability. ‘You don’t need to be highly qualified to get these apprenticeships, you will get all the training you can dream of, but you need to have the desire to succeed’, she says. ‘So just really believe in your potential and others will see it too.’

Read Paddy, Sophie and Lucy’s Apprenticeship Case Studies here.

The closing date for applications is 8am on Monday 1 June. See full details of our apprenticeship scheme and how to apply.

You can learn more about the Royal Opera House Apprenticeship Scheme by visiting our free exhibition offering an insight into the training opportunities available in the arts. Go to the ‘Visit Us’ page on our website for information for opening times.

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

By Hayley Bartley (Former Content Producer (Learning))

5 May 2015 at 3.55pm

This article has been categorised Learning and tagged High House Production Park, jobs, learning, recruitment, training

This article has 8 comments

  1. Iman Howard responded on 14 May 2015 at 11:32am Reply

    I'd love the opportunity to work with the Royal Opera house as i love coming here with my family.

  2. Finlay responded on 5 June 2015 at 11:00am Reply

    I'd really love to apply for the apprenticeship scheme but unfortunately I see that I have missed the deadline. I wonder if it would still be possible to apply?
    Will there be any more vacancies for the apprenticeship for this year that I can apply for?

    Thank you very much!:)

  3. Sophie responded on 10 June 2015 at 10:24pm Reply

    I am currently looking for apprenticeships for next year and have had my eye on an apprenticeship with ROH for a few years now. Id really love to do the costume performance support and footwear apprentice, and just wanted to register my interest in advance for the scheme as i have attended a workshop with the ROH and aim to do so again soon.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 1 July 2015 at 3:58pm

      Hi Sophie,

      Thanks for the comment. I'd recommend keeping an eye on these pages where future opportunities will be flagged


      ROH Content Producer

  4. Nick Clapp responded on 15 June 2015 at 3:35pm Reply

    It's brilliant to see that the Royal Opera House offers these fantastic opportunities - it's hard to think of a more prestigious company that you could work for! It's also great to see that these positions aren't just 'making up the numbers' and that apprentices get real responsibility. Lucy summed it up perfectly - ‘So just really believe in your potential and others will see it too.’ That's what it should be about.

    I recently compiled an infographic of my own about why apprenticeships are so great for young people - let me know if you'd like to take a look. This site also has plenty of career advice aimed towards school leavers, so is a good resource -

  5. Megan responded on 25 June 2015 at 9:09pm Reply

    I'm really interested in the costume performance support apprenticeship for the school year starting September 2016. Is there anyway you can say for certain that the apprenticeship will be offered next year??

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 11 July 2015 at 2:52pm

      Dear Megan

      I'm afraid that we cannot say for sure which apprenticeships will be offered in future. Do sign up for our vacant alerts if you would like to be notified of future opportunities.

      Best wishes


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