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Apprenticeships at the National Theatre

The National launched its apprenticeship and trainee programme in 2011. It provides valuable opportunities for people who might not otherwise have considered a career at the National or in theatre, and helps to address issues of diversity in theatre more generally. In most cases there is study for a level 2 or 3 qualification with an appropriate learning provider, combined with an opportunity to put those college lessons into practice in the workplace, guided by some of the best practitioners in the country.

In 2013-14 our apprentices were responsible for operating sound for shows in The Temporary Theatre, follow-spotting and fitting radio mics for the NT50 gala performance, made the royal chair for Edward II, and then had the chance to discuss it with the Queen. They have brought their creative ideas to fundraising events, have fired a gun on stage on their first day, have helped to develop new processes for maintaining the concrete fabric of the building, and have generally embedded themselves into the day to day existence of the National Theatre. Similarly, departments which have taken on apprentices and trainees are benefiting from their hard work and often illuminating viewpoints.

We currently have ten apprentices and trainees in post across a variety of departments. All are supported by mentors from both within their departments, and from the wider NT community, and regularly work together on a specifically designed TheatreWorks programme, aimed at developing their soft skills and thus their employability and confidence.

Follow the links at the foot of this page to hear more about the experiences of our recent and current apprentices.

Apprenticeships are always advertised here, so if this feels like it could be the route for you, keep an eye on the Current Vacancies list in the Jobs section of our careers page.


We are currently recruiting for 

Marketing Data Analysis Apprentice

(Fixed Term Contract – 15 Months - £313.20 per week)

Working as part of the Data Studio team within the Marketing department you will learn about how data analysis is essential to marketing strategy. You will develop vital analytical skills and learn how to use advanced technology in an increasingly data-driven world. Working within the Marketing department you will get involved with a range of marketing activities and develop a knowledge of how campaigns are managed from beginning to end.

This apprenticeship is for those with enthusiasm to use and develop their analytical skills in an exciting and creative environment. It will provide you with the skills necessary to continue training as a marketing data analyst, and to work within the world of market research and insight, particularly in the creative sector.

This position is not open to those who already have a Level 4 qualification, such as a degree, an HND or any post graduate qualification. Applicants must be 18 years of age or over by the 1st September 2018.

This apprenticeship is delivered in conjunction with Outsource Training and Development. This position is based on the South Bank.

Person specification

You should:

  • Show that you enjoy working with numbers, including percentages
  • Be good at problem solving. Be confident using computers, and able to quickly learn new skills and software (some experience of Microsoft Office packages would be useful but is not essential).
  • Be curious about the world, and keen to learn new things.

By the end of the apprenticeship you will be able to:

  • Carry out marketing analysis and research
  • Understand modern marketing campaigns and contribute to planning process for high-profile marketing campaigns
  • Use Microsoft Excel at an advanced level, as well as more advanced analysis & data visualisation tools.
  • Work confidently in an arts and creative industries environment.

Closing Date for applications idnight, Monday 30th July 2018

Go to for more information and to apply.  

For any queries, please contact the HR Department by emailing: