How do theatre apprenticeships work?

Theatre apprenticeships act as on-the-job training. You get to work as well as study at the same time, allowing for a real understanding of an everyday working life within the theatre while training in your specific field. It is a great way to begin a career in theatre as it gives you the experience and skills required, primarily in offstage roles.

How long are apprenticeships?

Usually between one and two years, depending on the company and the programme.  

Do I get paid?

Yes! Most pay National Minimum Wage for the hours that you work.

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Study time

You will be required to attend classes, but most of the learning you will do will be hands on and in your place of work. The times will vary depending on your department’s regular operating hours. Be prepared to work unsocial hours, such as evenings and weekends.

Do I need any qualifications or experience to apply?

No, in fact some organisations specifically ask for those who do not have a degree or equivalent. It’s also okay if you don’t have any work experience, just a passion to learn and pursue a career in your chosen field.

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What qualifications will I receive?

These are the qualifications that apprenticeships can offer:  

  • Intermediate Level 2 (equivalent to 5 GCSEs)
  • Advanced Level 3 (equivalent to 2 A Levels)
  • Higher (equivalent to a Foundation Degree)
  • Degree (equivalent to a University degree)

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What do people go on to do afterwards?

Sometimes the theatre or company may keep you on and employ you full-time. Otherwise, the apprenticeship will equip you to confidently apply for similar roles in other theatres and companies.



Photo: Royal Opera House

Published: 04 March 2019

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