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Apprenticeships

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 they 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 have 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.

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:

  • Technical Theatre Apprentice (24 month contract - £328.38 per week) Closing date: 12 noon on Monday 17th June 2019. 

Working with the Lighting, Sound & Video and Stages Departments (which are all part of the Technical Department), you will learn about and understand the role of a technician within the performing arts industry whilst getting hands on experience.  You will learn the practical skills necessary to work as a technician in a theatrical environment, and will work with top industry professionals in all of the National Theatre’s spaces.

Link to full job description and to apply: http://jobs.nationaltheatre.org.uk/node/940

This opportunity is not open to anyone who already has a Level 5 qualification or above.

 

•  Scenic Carpentry Apprentice (24 month contract - £328.38 per week)  Closing date: 12 noon on Monday 24th June 2019.

The Scenic Construction workshop is part of the Technical Department of the National Theatre and makes scenery for most of the NT shows and events.

The apprenticeship is designed to produce practical skills to a high standard of expertise. The Apprentice Scenic Carpenter will contribute towards the making of scenic elements for the National Theatre in rehearsal and performance.

The Apprentice Scenic Carpenter will learn highly transferable skills alongside gaining a knowledge of materials and stage craft that will open up not a just world of theatrical construction, but events, film, and TV as well.

As this is a training position, we are not looking for experience in scenic carpentry, or of professional theatre, but for someone who has practical skills, which can be applied to this apprenticeship. So, you will need to show us that you enjoy working with your hands, can work well in a team and will be committed to completing this apprenticeship.

Link to full job description and to apply: http://jobs.nationaltheatre.org.uk/node/945

This opportunity is not open to anyone who already has a Level 4 qualification or above.

 

•  Apprentice Scenic Artist (24 month contract - £328.38 per week) Closing date: 12 noon on Monday 1st July 2019

As an invaluable member of the painting team within the scenic construction department, the Apprentice Scenic Artist will learn highly transferable painting, drawing and texturing skills alongside gaining a knowledge of materials and scenic construction techniques that will open up not a just world of theatrical construction, but events, film, and TV as well.  The apprenticeship will be based at the NT’s flagship workshops on London’s South Bank with opportunities for networking and placements in other leading organisations. 

As this is a training position, we are not looking for experience in scenic carpentry, or of professional theatre, but for someone who has practical skills, which can be applied to this apprenticeship. So, you will need to show us that you enjoy working with your hands, can work well in a team and will be committed to completing this apprenticeship.

Link to full job description and to apply:: http://jobs.nationaltheatre.org.uk/node/944

This opportunity is not open to anyone who already has a Level 4 qualification or above.

 

•             Apprentice Commis Chef (x 2) (18 month contract - £328.38 per week)  Closing date: 12 noon on Monday 8th July 2019.

A Commis chef at the National Theatre is the first rung of the ladder to becoming a great chef.  In our kitchens you will carry out food preparation and basic cooking tasks under the supervision of the team.

On top of this you will also be involved in an exciting, fast paced service and get the opportunity to develop your skills and try different cooking techniques and practices such as smoking, curing, brining etc. The primary object of a Commis chef is to learn and understand how to carry out basic functions in every section of the kitchen.

Working as part of our Enterprises Department, the Commis Chef Apprentice will learn core kitchen skills and knowledge of food preparation and processes and good customer service.  They will also develop transferable skills such as teamwork, communication and professionalism. At the end of the apprenticeship you will be qualified to find work in a professional kitchen or progress to study for a Level 3 qualification or apprenticeship.

Link to full job description and to apply:  http://jobs.nationaltheatre.org.uk/node/949

This opportunity is not open to anyone who already has a Level 4 qualification or above.

 

 

Later in the Summer we will be advertising for :

•             Facilities and Building Maintenance Apprentice 

Each post will last a minimum of 15 months.  All positions will begin in September 2019.  Some apprenticeships require the applicants to be 18 when they start (please check job descriptions for details) and all ask that applicants not have a degree level qualification already.

We will begin advertising for these posts shortly, all information will be posted on this page, so please keep checking. 

If you have any questions about our apprenticeships please contact : apprenticeshipenquiries@nationaltheatre.org.uk

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