Royal Opera House

Type: Charity

Founded: 1732

Employees: 1000+

The Royal Opera House (www.roh.org.uk) is one of the most famous stages in the world for opera and ballet.  The iconic theatre is home to The Royal Ballet, The Royal Opera and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, with more than 290 performances given in the main auditorium each year. More than 950 staff work at the Royal Opera House in areas ranging from lighting, costume making, set building and scenic art to marketing, finance, box office, IT and fundraising.

The Royal Opera House employees working behind the scenes are as important to the opera and ballet productions as those performing on stage. Each performance is supported by a highly skilled team that is responsible for each element of the production. There are at least three members of staff working behind the scenes for each performer on stage.

Royal Opera House

ROH Apprenticeship Scheme

The Royal Opera House has been offering apprenticeships in backstage areas since 2007, providing opportunities to gain high-quality vocational training through learning on the job from people within the organisation who are some of the best skilled in the industry.

Complete an apprenticeship at the Royal Opera House and you will be extremely employable in your apprenticeship discipline, having gained skills and work experience at a world-leading, international Opera House.

The Royal Opera House is now recruiting for for apprentices to start in September 2014 in the following areas:

  • Costume
  • Prop Making
  • Scenic Art
  • Scenic Carpentry
  • Scenic Metalwork
  • Technical Theatre (x2)
  • Wigs and Make-up

As well as learning on the job, our apprentices study towards a formal qualification (minimum Level 2 NVQ) related to their specialism. They will receive ongoing support from their college tutor, departmental line manager and the Apprenticeships Team. Each apprenticeship will last for two years, with the exception of Scenic Metalwork which will be for 3 years.

Apprentices will be paid the adult national minimum wage, and college fees will be paid by the Royal Opera House. 

 While previous experience is not essential, applicants should be able to demonstrate a proven interest in their chosen specialism, the ability to work within a team, a helpful and flexible approach and be self-motivated to acquire new skills and knowledge.

Complete an apprenticeship at the Royal Opera House and you will be extremely employable in your apprenticeship discipline.

Full job descriptions for each apprenticeship and details of how to apply are available on our website: 


Please note that all applicants must be 18 years old or over on 1st September 2014 and have authorisation to work in the UK

Closing date for applications:  10.00am, 2 June 2013.

Interviews will take place in June

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