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Apprenticeships at the National Theatre

Man in NT scenic art workshop

Apprenticeships at the National Theatre

The National Theatre launched its Apprenticeships Scheme in 2012. Over this time, 42 young people have been taken on board as apprentices in 16 different departments across the NT including Technical, Costume, Wigs, Hair & Make-up and Props as well as Finance, IT and Marketing.

The scheme aims to open up creative careers and opportunities to young people who might not have otherwise considered a career in the creative industry or be aware of the multitude of roles involved in theatre. We actively look for people of all backgrounds who can bring their unique experiences, talents and skills to the industry and beyond.

The Apprenticeships Scheme provides the opportunity to learn key skills and gain practical experience for a creative career, as well as transferable skills relevant to any future career path. The apprenticeship involves study for a level 2 or 3 qualification alongside an opportunity to put lessons into practise and work alongside some of the best practitioners in the UK.  All are supported by mentors from their department and from the wider NT community, and regularly work together on a specifically designed TheatreWorks programme to develop key skills to improve employability and confidence.

Our apprentices are embedded in the day-to-day existence of the National Theatre and have been involved in key moments on stage and beyond, from operating the Drum Revolve and creating props such as blood bags and exploding cakes for shows, to working on Galas and Learning events with young people, creating brochures and meeting the Queen.

We have been working closely with our current cohort of apprentices and recent graduates while the National Theatre has been closed to provide ongoing mentoring, support and learning opportunities. Our apprentices’ experiences have allowed them to develop resilience, flexibility and resourcefulness to adapt to new situations. Many played an instrumental role in supporting the NT to re-open during summer 2020, from working backstage on shows to creating new seating banks in the Olivier Theatre.

Alongside this scheme, the NT provides many opportunities for young people to learn about creative roles and learn from top industry professionals including the Young Technicians and How to be a Producer programmes which are being run virtually with young people across the UK.

“It has been a pleasure to help the NT be as safe as possible in such unique times. It is one of my greatest achievements at the NT so far to be able to help in the creation of the seating bank to transform the Olivier Theatre into the round for a socially distanced audience." - Peter Nehemiah Scott, 2021 Scenic Art Apprentice 

“Since I finished my apprenticeship, I have worked on so many amazing projects and in a great deal of theatres. I’ve taken shows to New York, Edinburgh Festival, have worked in the West End and done community theatre projects. I love what the National Theatre do and coming back and helping to guide the new apprentices has been such an amazing experience, and I hope I can impart some of what I learnt to them and help them realise their next step, in theatre or beyond”. - Nell Allan, 2012 Apprentice 

Our application process uses an online portal if you require an alternative method please contact [email protected] 

We are currently recruiting for 

IT Service Desk Apprentice

Working with the IT Help Desk team and the wider the IT Department, you will learn how to provide phone, email and in-person first line IT support to staff at the NT as part of the IT Help Desk, escalating calls to other colleagues in IT where necessary.

Under supervision you will also carry out occasional second line support work, such as the set-up and configuration of new or refurbished computers and printers, support of mobile devices, troubleshooting network issues and assisting in Major Incident support. There will also be support of projects and delivering set pieces of work to improve processes and delivery in IT.

They will be supported at the NT by the Service Desk Team, HR and a mentor.

The successful candidate will have: 

  • Preferably Maths and English GCSE Grades 9-1 or A-G or equivalent, however, if you have not achieved these you will be supported to pass Functional Skills in both subjects as part of your apprenticeship
  • Be able to communicate with technical and non-technical staff and teams. 
  • Have an interest in technology, building computers or troubleshooting broken systems
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Good organisational skills (which can be demonstrated through planning and achieving school or college project or through a work related or personal project)
  • An ability to work well as part of a team

This is a Level 3 apprenticeship; therefore applicants must be suitable for study at that level and NOT hold a degree, HND, or a post graduate qualification, or have experience of working in professional theatre. 

For further details and to apply use this link:

Closing date is 12pm Monday 20th June 2022. 

Scenic Metalwork Apprentice 

We are recruiting for a Scenic Metalwork Apprentice to join our Workshops department. 

This is an exciting opportunity to gain hands on experience at a world-class theatre and a Level 2 Welding apprenticeship. Under the direction of NT Staff, you will manufacture and repair metal scenery for the NT’s productions and other metal items in the metal fabrication workshop. You will also work on stage fitting up and modifying sets as required for technical rehearsals and repairing damaged sets.  

Throughout the 24-month apprenticeship you will learn about materials used in metal fabrication including various types and shapes/sizes of metal, different fabrication techniques and related materials. You will be using hand and power tools, and metal working machinery while learning about basic stage craft and the installation of scenery on stage. 

The apprenticeship will be split between the National Theatre and the College of North West London at the Willesden Campus. You will spend 1 day a week at the College of North West London. Your remaining time will be spent at the National Theatre workshops learning the craft, key skills and working within the team on projects and productions.  

The successful candidate will have: 

  • Have a mature and sensible attitude.  

  • Show that you have a desire to be creative. 

  • An enthusiasm to learn, and a willingness to take instruction from staff at the NT and at College. 

  • Be able to follow strict health & safety rules and theatre working practices and to understand why it is important to do so. 

  • The ability to work well within a team and communicate clearly. 

This is a Level 2 apprenticeship, therefore applicants must be suitable for study at that level and NOT hold a degree, HND, or a post graduate qualification, or have experience of working in professional theatre. 

For further details and to apply use this link:

Closing date is 12pm Monday 20th June 2022. 


National Theatre Apprenticeships are supported by The Schroder Foundation, Marcia B. Whitaker, The Radcliffe Trust, and The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation.