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Scenic Carpentry Apprentice: Lola Obiesan

2019 - present

Why did you apply for an apprenticeship?

I wanted to see if scenic carpentry was a viable option for me as a career. I also hoped that the environment would nurture and facilitate my growth as a carpenter. 

What new skills have you learned during your time at the NT so far?

Upon the presence of a problem I have learned how to solve it. I have learned how to read drawings and form plans.

What has been the most exciting show/project you've worked on?

The Visit - it was the first time I was trusted with a construction task to complete all by myself. I had the pleasure of seeing the items I constructed in the workshop on stage, which made me extremely proud. 

What has it been like to help the NT to adapt during this unique time in its history?

Before Christmas (2020) we were working on Dick Whittington. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working on stage. With the new safe work practice rules and regulations it took a moment to adjust, however I understand the importance of keeping myself and other people safe.

What has been your biggest challenge so far?

Learning that failure is ok and an important part of the process. The senior carpenters in the workshop are very encouraging, they are always willing to help which I greatly appreciate as they have provided a safe space for me to fail and to learn from said mistakes.

What advice would you give to someone considering applying for an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship provides you with an opportunity to participate in your chosen career, learn important on the job skills, as well as problem solving skills and social skills which you may not have the opportunity to learn somewhere else.

Do you think it is important that the NT offers apprenticeship?

Yes as it offers some people a way into the industry that otherwise wouldn’t have considered a career in the Arts.

What do you hope for the future once you have finished your course?

I hope to gain the skills and confidence I need to enter any work place environment and flourish. 

Headshot of scenic carpentry apprentice Lola Obiesan