About the Apprenticeship Scheme
Hiya, my name is Kath and I work for the National Theatre as Apprenticeships and Assessment Manager. If you’ve an interest in dance, theatre, music or any other performing art, and would like the opportunity to learn what goes into putting on a show, to gain in-depth knowledge about all aspects of theatre production, and end up with a recognised qualification into the bargain, then read on!
And by the way, you can download the description of the apprenticeships and the application form below, together with tips on your application and a sample 'how to complete the application' form.
I’m very excited to be able to tell you that for the first time, the National Theatre is looking to recruit two Technical Apprentices from neighbouring London boroughs, to work across Stage, Lighting, Sound and Automation in the Cottesloe Theatre (that’s the smallest of the National’s three theatres on the South Bank).
The apprenticeships will start early 2012 and are being run in partnership with Lewisham College. The training will last for two years and will lead to a Level 2 in Technical Theatre Support: Sound, Light and Stage, after the first year, and a Level 3 Certificate in the second year.
This is what John Hayes, (he’s the Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Life Long Learning), has to say about Apprenticeships:
“Evidence shows that apprenticeships add more to a person’s earning-power than any other form of practical training.” - That means that after you’ve finished an apprenticeship, you are more likely to be employed in a well paid job!
He goes on to say that “Someone may begin an apprenticeship unable to do anything that might fit them for a skills job. But they emerge as – and I’m not afraid of the word – craftsmen.” (and craftswomen too, John!)
So that’s why I think these positions are ideal for young people from the local London Boroughs who are interested in how things work behind the scenes, but have not previously worked in professional theatre.
If you think that sounds like you and you’d like to talk to someone about the apprenticeships, the National Theatre, or how to apply, then come along to our informal, drop in open evening, on Tuesday 29th November, from 5pm-6pm in the Cottesloe Theatre. For some more facts and how to get to the National Theatre go to the Technical Apprenticeships page .
You can also have a look round this page and the rest of the website, get a feel for who we are and what we do and have a look at the stories of those who already work in technical theatre, both at the NT and elsewhere (see the documents at the bottom of this page for these).
Check out our tips for filling in your application form (see the downloads below) and then apply!
I’m looking forward to hearing all about you,