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Lewis Boulcher

Lewis Boulcher

I found out about the Props Maker Apprenticeship online through the National Apprenticeships website. I had to go through a difficult and lengthy selection process, during which 70 applicants were whittled down to myself through an initial interview, followed by a two-week ‘boot camp’ which involved one week of employability skills and health and safety learning, and a second week in which we had to complete various ‘art’ and making tasks. We also had a day at the National where we were set skills tests to assess our prop making ability. After this process I thankfully was offered the position, which I eagerly accepted.

The best thing that has happened to me since starting this apprenticeship has to be gaining a job which I actually enjoy and look forward to doing rather than one I just endure. Oh, and getting free tickets to plays and seeing the prop store, which was very interesting. Making fake platters of food was fun as well. I can’t think of anything bad that has happened to me, but my least favourite thing was probably sifting through 5m² of fake olive tree branches and having to remove olives and volumise the leaves.