Technical Theatre Apprentice

Salary: £27,352 per year
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Published: 13 days ago
Expiry date: 03 Jun 2024 10:00

We have an exciting opportunity for an Technical Theatre apprentice to join the National Theatre Technical and Production Team on a 24 Month Fixed Term Contract.


Based on the South Bank in Waterloo, London, the National Theatre (NT), has three theatres, a bookshop, cafes and bars which are all open to the public. Behind the scenes, there are workshops where we make sets, props and costumes for the shows, spaces for actors to rehearse and offices for all the administration staff.  

The National Theatre (NT) makes theatre that entertains and inspires using its creativity, expertise and unique reach. 
We share unforgettable stories with millions of audience members across the UK and around the world – on our own stages, on tour, in schools, on cinema screens and streaming at home. We are looking for 2 technical theatre apprentices

Working with the Lighting, Sound & Video and Stages Departments (which are all part of the Technical Department), you will learn about and understand the role of a technician within the performing arts industry whilst getting hands on experience.  You will learn the practical skills necessary to work as a technician in a theatrical environment, and will work with top industry professionals in all of the NT’s spaces. with your core duties being;

  • Under the direction of NT Staff, clean, maintain and use a range of theatre lighting, sound and video  equipment, including radio mics, moving lights and projectors. 

  • Undertake In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment.  (ISITEE)

  • Work to agreed deadlines.

  • Work on stage, on shows and events when required, installing and operating technical equipment. This will sometimes involve evening and weekend work.

  • Learn how to work at height or in small spaces safely.

  • Participate in safety checks, and weekly planning meetings.

  • Maintain high standards of operations and good housekeeping at all times

  • Participate in the provision of a safe working environment, acting within the company’s Health & Safety policy at all times.

  • Participate in other training as necessary and appropriate, including visiting other workplaces on placement.

  • Carry out any other reasonable duties as requested by the National Theatre’s representatives.

Brief person specification:

  • Is good at problem solving

  • Can follow written spoken and visual instructions.

  • Is curious about the world, and keen to learn new things.

  • Is able to work well within a team and communicate clearly.

  • Is able to work effectively under supervision and be self-motivated to work on your own initiative.

  • Has a helpful, positive and flexible approach and attitude, whether the work is routine or exciting.

  • Is punctual and good at managing their own workload.

  • Is able to follow strict health & safety rules and theatre working practices and to understand why it is important to do so.

  • Is able to show that an interest in how things work. Some knowledge of networks, audio or electrical systems would be useful. 

  • Is able to show that an interest in working backstage, rather than in performing.

At all times 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 workspaces 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 weekends, and will be given time off in the week to make up for it (this is called Time Off in Lieu – TOIL)

By the end of the apprenticeship you will have a working knowledge of:

  • How to clean, maintain and use a range of theatre lighting, sound and video equipment, including radio mics, moving lights and projectors. 

  • You will be involved in ISITEE testing (In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment) all our technical equipment and will learn how best to clean and store it.

  • How to set up technical systems such as sound systems, video projectors and lighting rigs. 

  • How to safely use theatrical flying, lifting and rigging systems, which suspend scenery (and sometimes actors) off the floor, and how to use the NT’s automated systems for moving scenery.

  • Read, understand and use a range of theatre related plans.

  • Write and follow a basic Risk Assessment.

  • Identify a range of theatre technical equipment and understand its uses.

  • Operate under supervision a range of technical theatre equipment.

  • Understand theatre jargon and processes.

  • Create, follow and update paperwork used on shows.

Things to consider:

As this is a training position, we are not looking for experience in technical theatre, but for someone who has practical skills, which can be applied to this apprenticeship. You will need to show us that you can problem solve, can work well in a team, and will be committed to completing this apprenticeship. An interest in audio, networks or electrical systems would be useful.

Future prospects:

Although we cannot guarantee that this apprenticeship will lead to a permanent post, this is an area of specialisation where there is a skills gap in the theatre sector, and we would expect there to be good opportunities for further work in the sector on completion of the apprenticeship.

Closing Date: Monday 3rd June at 10:00am
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