The 2012 Apprentices with the Creative Apprentice Employer of the Year award.

Did you know…we have an award winning Apprenticeship scheme?

Posted on 6 March 2013

In 2011, the Belgrade launched an apprenticeship scheme to help people with an interest in theatre to gain paid, hands on experience.

Since then the scheme has gone from strength to strength, employing six apprentices in departments across the theatre including marketing, sound, theatre operations, wardrobe, lighting and community arts. Apprentices now make up 15% of the Belgrade’s workforce.

Last year the theatre was named Creative Apprentice Employer of the Year 2012 by the National Skills Academy; in addition the scheme was highly commended at the National Apprenticeship Awards, and the Belgrade was listed as one of the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers in England.

The 11 month posts provide paid, hands-on experience in various areas within the theatre. In addition to working in their own specialist department, apprentices also meet regularly as a group to peer mentor each other and give an insight into the range of roles available within the industry.

Janthi Mills, General Manger at the Belgrade Theatre added, “Apprenticeships are incredibly important within the creative sectors as it can be a hard profession to break into and one that is best learnt on the job. True creativity comes from drawing on a mix of voices and experiences and the Belgrade’s apprentices are key members of the theatre’s team. We are very proud that our scheme, which opens up opportunities to working in the arts, has been recognised alongside other sectors and professions.”

Apprenticeships are just one way that the Belgrade develops creative professionals of the future. You can find out more about our charitable activities and how you can support the Belgrade Theatre by visiting the Support Us pages of our website.