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 eight 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.