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Hannah Nicholls

Hannah Nicholls is the current IT apprentice, she was nominated for a National Women in Tech award in 2018. 


Hannah Nicholls

What were you doing before you were an apprentice?

Before I was an apprentice, I was completing my A-Levels at Sixth Form. I was studying towards an ICT and Health and Social care qualification, but decided that ICT was the route for me because it was the subject I truly enjoyed doing. Although what I learnt at school is slightly different to my job role now, there are skills that are still relevant, such as using Microsoft Office programs and troubleshooting.


What was the interview process like?

The interview process was smooth and simple. In my case, I found a training provider first for which I had to go through a short assessment. This involved showing skills like team work and communication skills. Once I was successful in this assessment, I was matched with employers, one of which was the NT. The interview process for the NT began with a tour of the building, then an interview. I was given some questions to have a think about and perhaps prepare for before my interview, which were asked along with some other questions.


What is the best thing about being an apprentice with the National Theatre?

The theatre environment is an amazing place to work. You meet a wide variety of admirable people who are great at what they do. Being around such friendly and helpful people every day makes my job such a joy to do. I have learnt so much about what goes on behind the scenes at a theatre, and it’s more than I ever expected.

What’s your favourite project/thing you’ve worked on and why?

My favourite project I’ve worked on is one I’m working on at the moment. I’m responsible for working with a department to set up new computers for them all. It’s an interesting project as this is something I enjoy doing. It’s also amazing to be given this much responsibility at an early stage in my career and the support from the team is great.


What is the best advice you can give to anyone thinking of applying for an apprenticeship?

I would say go for it, don’t hold back. You can achieve so much more than what you think you can! It’s a great way to meet new people and professionals in your area of work. It’s so great that you can experience the working environment whilst being able to learn new skills at the same time. Also to make the most out of your time as an apprentice. There are lots of knowledgeable people around you so take advantage of that!