12 March 2015 at 11.27am | 4 Comments
Taking place this week, National Apprenticeship Week is a celebration of the positive impact apprenticeships have on individuals, businesses and the economy in the UK.
As part of this week-long celebration, second-year ROH apprentices Peter Doyle and Aimee Pompili have shared their advice to other young people thinking about pursuing in-work training.
For Peter, a Technical Theatre Apprentice, the skills he has learned so far have been invaluable and he would recommend an apprenticeship to others:
‘If I was speaking to someone who was thinking about doing an apprenticeship I would tell them go for it!’ he says. ‘I’m doing things that I would never get to do if I was sat in a classroom - I’m working with people who are some of the best in the world, and that’s an opportunity that doesn’t arise every day.’
Since 2007, the Royal Opera House has offered apprenticeships in a number of backstage and technical disciplines, including Costume, Wigs and Make-up, Scenic Art, Scenic Carpentry, Scenic Metalwork, Props, and Technical Theatre departments. The scheme provides young people with the opportunity to learn on the job while also gaining a recognized qualification.
The next round of recruitment for apprentices will be in May this year. Find out more about the ROH Apprenticeship scheme.
National Apprenticeship Week runs from 9 to 13 March 2015.
Apprenticeships at the Royal Opera House are generously supported by the Derek Butler Trust, the Ashley Family Foundation and the Gordon Foundation.