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Technical theatre apprentice (Level 3 Creative Venue Technician Apprenticeship)

Technical theatre apprentice (Level 3 Creative Venue Technician Apprenticeship)

locationChichester, UK
ExpiresExpires: 11/07/2022
Production / Post-Production & Technical
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Less than £20,000 per year

Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Monday 11th July 2022

Interviews: 25 July

Salary: National minimum wage

Duration: 24 months

Start date: September 2022


Are you looking for a practical route into the creative industries? Would you like to learn directly from experienced professionals in a working environment? Do you want to develop useful skills, kick-start or change the direction of your career and gain a nationally-recognised qualification? Then our Technical Theatre Apprenticeship role may be for you.

We are now recruiting for a Technical Theatre Apprentice to join us from September 2022, to work in our busy Production department. This opportunity provides experience, skills, knowledge and formal training whilst working on a range of professional theatre productions across CFT’s 2 stages and in other spaces. 

This post is aimed at a practically-minded, energetic and committed person who is passionate about theatre and the live arts. The post suits those who are 17/18+ and/or are looking for the next step after A- Levels or College. The successful apprentice will be given mentoring and assessment to help them grow professionally in a supportive environment. 


What you'll learn

  • Technical Apprenticeships at CFT are hands-on working roles, learning lighting, sound, stage, automation and video skills for a fixed period. The roles lead to a nationally recognised Level 3 Creative Venue Technician Apprenticeship qualification, whilst working with some of the most eminent industry professionals in the country. As part of your training you will also achieve the ABTT Bronze award- an industry recognised qualification in technical theatre.
  • Your work is divided between 80% ‘on the job’ learning in a professional working environment, and 20% college learning and course work which you are given dedicated study time for each week. The post is for 24 months and typically at about 18 months in you will enter the assessment process to gain the qualification which we and the college support you with.
  • The apprenticeship will provide a strong all-round skill set giving the opportunity to progress with a career in theatre or live events. All previous CFT apprentices have gone on to work professionally across the Performing Arts industry including on tours and in the West End in a variety of roles.

Click the apply button to download a full recruitment pack. 


Knowledge, skills, experience

Please note this post is not suitable for graduates from Technical Theatre Degree courses. 

  • Evidence of a clear interest in technical theatre, with a demonstrable objective to follow technical theatre and live events as a career path
  • Previous experience of volunteering in community, amateur or professional theatre or live events
  • A positive and willing attitude to learning and to attending college to achieve an apprenticeship standard
  • An enthusiastic, committed and flexible attitude to work, including the ability to work antisocial hours
  • Excellent punctuality and good time management
  • Computer literacy
  • There is a substantial element of heavy lifting and manual handling necessary to undertake the role, therefore a good level of physical fitness is required
  • Experience in the use of basic hand tools
  • Interest in and commitment to making theatre accessible to all community sectors, and to CFT’s Equal Opportunities Policy


  • Previous experience of working in a professional environment
  • Whilst not essential, a driving licence and car is desirable to aid with commuting and working antisocial hours


We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented in the creative industries.

Please make sure that you state in your application that you found this role via Creative Access.

Years of experience

  • Entry

Salary range

  • Less than £20,000 per year