Apprentice Facilities Technician (Fixed Term Contract – 24 Months)

Apprentice Facilities Technician (Fixed Term Contract – 24 Months)

What is a Facilities Technician?

A Facilities Technician at The National Theatre is responsible for all aspects of building maintenance including the concrete structure, air ventilation plant, plumbing and electrical systems to name a few. These systems contribute to the safety and comfort of our visitors and staff.

Purpose of the Apprenticeship

The apprenticeship is designed to produce practical skills to a high standard. The Apprentice Facilities Technician will contribute towards keeping the building looking welcoming and safe as well as maintaining services, so they are always available to visitors and staff.

The Apprentice Facilities Technician will learn highly transferrable skills alongside gaining a knowledge of venue specific skills. These skills will open up not just a world of theatre maintenance, but the maintenance and upkeep of all busy venues open to the public.

This is a training position, we are not looking for experience in building maintenance or of professional theatre but for someone who has practical skills which can be applied to this apprenticeship. You will need to show us that you enjoy working with your hands and can work well in a team and will be committed to completing this apprenticeship.

This position is not open to those who already have a Level 4 qualification, such as a degree, foundation degree or any post graduate qualification.

What you will do during the apprenticeship

The apprenticeship will be split between the National Theatre and the Building Crafts College in Stratford (East London).

At the Building Crafts College:

  • You will study for a Level 2 Diploma plus NVQ in Building Maintenance, Multi-trade Repair and Refurbishment Operations.
  • Time at college will be in 2 or 3-week blocks.
  • You can view the course details here Building Maintenance Apprenticeship
  • You will be supported in passing functional skills in English, Maths and ICT if you need to take them.

At the NT.

Under the direction of NT Staff, you will learn how to:

  • Use the software based maintenance system for reporting and checking tasks
  • Check the auditoriums for damaged seats and carpets and making repairs when necessary.
  • Make glazing repairs
  • Make concrete repairs
  • Move partitions/walls and make them good. This may include plastering, tiling, painting and decorating.
  • Furniture assembly and repairs
  • Door furniture assembly and repairs
  • Fitting and hanging doors
  • Fire door inspections (leading to an on-line qualification)
  • General floor repairs including internal hard flooring
  • Inspection and repairs to cracked or uneven paving
  • New paving installations
  • Inspection and repairs to flat roofs
  • Inspection and repairs to drains

You will be expected to:

  • Take responsibility for being on time and always working safely and considerately.
  • Take responsibility for completing your college work and making sure your manager knows when a college assessor is visiting.   
  • Behave professionally, including keeping work spaces neat and tidy.
  • To work at height and sometimes in small spaces, training will be given to you before you do this.
  • You will sometimes be asked to work evenings and weekend, and will be given time off in the week to make up for it (this is called Time Off in Lieu)

By the end of the apprenticeship you will be able to:

  • Understand how to work in a customer service environment
  • Write and Follow a Risk Assessment
  • Identify and be able to use a range of construction and maintenance tools
  • Understand workshop and maintenance jargon and processes.
  • Under supervision, operate a range of specialist access equipment.
  • Create and follow-up tasks in the National Theatre’s software maintenance system
  • Work independently as well as in a team

Appointment Procedure

Please click the link for more information and to apply.

The closing date to return completed application forms is: 12 noon on Wednesday 24th July 2019.

BEFORE YOU START! Please note as part of your application we ask you to copy and paste in a reference from someone else to tell us a little bit about you, this can be a teacher, or tutor, a support worker or someone you have worked for, but it cannot be a member of your family. It might be a good idea to get this reference ready before you start your online application.

If you are unable to access the internet, we can accept paper copies of the form. You can do this by emailing for a copy, then returning it to; HR Department, National Theatre, London, SE1 9PX

We want our workforce to be representative of all sections of society and welcome applications from everyone.

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for our vacancies.


Hours: 40

Contract Type: Apprenticeship and Placements


Pay Range: £17,076 per year

Closing Date: 12pm, Wednesday 24 July 2019

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