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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.

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2016 Apprenticeships

Marketing Data Analysis Apprenticeship

The National Theatre's Marketing Department promotes the work of the NT, and learns about its audience. We deliver the National Theatre's messages in a way that develops loyalty with our existing audiences, as well as bringing in new audiences. The department is responsible for advertising and direct communications, including marketing emails, as well as audience research and digital channels.

This apprenticeship is for those with enthusiasm to use and develop their analytical skills in an exciting and creative environment. 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. You will also have the chance to work within a professional marketing deparment and see how campaigns are managed from beginning to end. By the end of your apprenticeship, you will have the skills necessary to continue training as a marketing data analyst, and to work within the field of market research and insight, particularly in the creatuve sector.



Scenic Metal Fabrication Apprenticeship

The scenic workshops at the National Theatre are pleased to offer an exciting opportunity for a Scenic Metal Fabrication Apprentice, starting in August 2016. World-renowned, the NT presents sensational work throughout its three venues, and the Scenic Construction Department realises the vision of some of the UK's most prominent theatre designers. Working with talented practitioners who are experts in their craft, the Scenic Metal Fabrication Apprentice will learn core welding skills with a variety of materials alongside developing key transferable skills such as teamwork, communication and professionalism. 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. The apprentice will contribute to incredible and successful productions from the company that created War Horse, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and the current West End transfer of People, Places & Things. The apprentice will be mentored throughout the two years of the apprenticeship. While this experience is largely based in a creative inductry, the skills learnt are transferable to many other career opportunities.



Wigs, Hair & Make-up Apprenticeship

From bloody noses and black eyes to fairytale princesses and computer avatars, the Wigs, Hair & Mark-up Department at the National Theatre can create any look that comes into a writer's or designer's imagination. The highly skilled team are wig-makers, hairdressers and make-up artists, who hand craft and apply all the transformations seen across the NT's three stages. An apprentice in this department will learn hairdressing, barbering, wig-making, prosthetics, on-stage effects and cosmetic make-up skills. They will also learn about the vital role collaboration and communication play in the creative design process and how to work closely with people in a time-pressured and dynamic environment.



Apprentice Costume Technician

The National Theatre's highly skilled team in Costume Production are looking to share their knowledge, skills and experience with an apprentice. Based at the South Bank in London, we will immerse you in our world of costume making, millinery, dye shop effects, printing and costume props. We work on around 20 productions a year, from modern-day comedies such as The Suicide to classics with a twist like, and period pieces like The Plough and the Stars. Your skills must lie in your eyes and hands with the ability to think in 3D, understand and appreciate colour and shape, and want to work within a close team of professionals.



Learning Events Apprenticeship

The National Theatre's Learning Department is delighted to offer an Events Apprenticeship to help run their programme of Learning Events. NT Learning runs hundreds of events each year in our fantastic learning spaces, situated in the heart of the National Theatre building and at the NT Studio. Events range from practical workshops for young producers to family prop-making sessions and in-depth discussions about NT productions. We offer lots of opportunites for schools to attend workshops and building tours, with pupils aged 5 to 18 joining in. We want to encourage new audiences, young and old alike, to take part in creative activities sparked by the work on our stages. An apprentice in this department will learn about event and venue management, developing skills in scheduling, live event delivery, customer liaison, task prioritisation, technical equipment operation and lots more. You'll also get to work with many of the departments across the National Theatre. It's a wide-ranging, high-energy role for someone with great people skills, who doesn't want to be deskbound all day.