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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 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:

•             Facilities and Building Maintenance Apprentice  (Fixed Term Contract – 24 Months – £328.38 per week) Closing date 12 noon on Wednesday 24th July 2019. 

The Apprentice Facilities Technician will learn highly transferrable skills alongside gaining a knowledge of venue specific skills. These skills will open up not just a world of theatre maintenance, but the maintenance and upkeep of all busy venues open to the public.

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

This position is not open to those who already have a Level 4 qualification, such as a degree, foundation degree or any post graduate qualification.

Link to full job description and to apply :

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.

If you have any questions about our apprenticeships please contact :

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