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Scheme at National Theatre

Work Placements

Scheme at National Theatre

  • LocationLondon, UK
  • Position levelScheme
  • Job period iconFull-time employment
  • Application deadline iconApply by 24 Dec, 2018
  • Application deadline iconPosted on 25 Oct, 2018
  • Start date iconStart date:
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  • Competitive£ 10,008.0 per year

Work Placements at the National Theatre

The aim of the Work Placement programme at the National Theatre is to create opportunities in theatre for as many people as possible, across a broad range of disciplines and departments. The focus of the scheme is to improve inclusion of people from a diverse array of backgrounds, especially those from groups currently under-represented in our workforce, and to offer new routes into the NT and the wider theatre industry.

Work Placements for over 18s

Work Placements for over 18s are offered in a number of different departments, details of which you can find on this page. Any placements are coordinated through Angie Fullman, Training and Development Coordinator.

Placements can last between a week and twelve weeks, depending on the department and are aimed at UK based applicants, usually in higher education, on the second or third year of a relevant course or with equivalent experience, though this is not compulsory for most departments. The NT also offers placements to recent graduates and career changers with the right attitude and experience.

Details of Departments offering placements:

Placements need to be organised approximately two months’ in advance and applications will usually take around 4-6 weeks to be processed.

NT Archive

The NT Archive is situated outside the main NT building on The Cut, next to the Old Vic Theatre. Placements last between 1-2 weeks and are aimed at those with a strong interest and qualification in Archiving.

Commercial Operations

Commercial Operations at the NT covers many of the Front of House departments in the organisation: Catering, Kitchens, Events, Retail, House Management, Tours, Facilities Management, Finance, and Human Resources. Due to the wide scope of the department, for the most part, placements can be offered to applicants from a variety of different backgrounds.

Scenic Construction

Scenic Construction at the NT covers the Metal Workshop and Carpentry Workshop. Placements last between 2-3 weeks and are aimed at those who can demonstrate a strong desire to work in a scenic workshop or students on year two or three of a relevant course, or those who can demonstrate they have equivalent experience. Placement opportunities with this department are now fully booked until 2017.

Scenic Painting

Placements in the Scenic Studio last two weeks. Applicants should be on year two or three of a relevant course or have equivalent experience. Placement opportunities with this department are now fully booked until 2017.

Digital Drawing & Design

The Digital Drawing & Design Office makes use of Computer Aided Design technology to assist the design and production process. We offer 2-4 week placements for candidates interested in developing their skills in theatre and offer placements to both recent graduates and career changers. Basic IT skills are essential and some understanding of either AutoCAD or Adobe Products is very helpful. Placement opportunities with this department are now fully booked until 2017.

Costume & Running Wardrobe

The Costume Department currently holds an annual recruitment for placements around May each year for the following twelve months. Applicants should be on year two or three of a relevant costume course or have equivalent experience. To apply for a placement with Costume or Running Wardrobe, please keep an eye on the Jobs page on the NT website around that time.​

Hair & Make-Up

Placements in the Hair and Make-Up Department last one week and are based almost entirely around wig dressing; a good understanding of wig dressing is required. Applicants need to be on year two or three of a relevant course or have equivalent experience. Placement opportunities with this department are now fully booked until 2017.

Production

The Production Department oversees the production management of all the shows at the National Theatre. Production placements last between 8-10 weeks to allow candidates the opportunity to experience the whole production process from start to finish. Please note that a Production Management placement at the NT does not offer any Producing experience. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a strong understanding of Technical theatre and demonstrate an enthusiastic and proactive attitude. Successful candidates are usually on year two or three of a relevant degree course or have equivalent experience. Placement opportunities with this department are now fully booked until 2017.

Props

Placements in the Props Department last one to two weeks. Opportunities are offered in Prop Making and Prop Buying. Applicants for Prop Making placements should have demonstrable craft experience and pictures of previous work; applicants for Prop Buying should have some experience in either Stage Management or prop sourcing. Placement opportunities with this department are now fully booked until 2017.

Stage Crew

The Stage Department is made up of the stage crews for each of the theatres in the NT building. The next recruitment for Stage Placements will take place around July 2016. Placements last between 3-4 weeks and are usually focused around tech periods in the theatres.. To apply for a placement with the Stage Department please keep an eye on the Jobs page on the NT website.

Lighting

The Lighting Department is made up of Lighting Operational teams in the Olivier, Lyttelton and Dorfman theatres and supported by the Lighting Resources & Lighting Control teams. Placements last between 1-4 weeks and are usually focused around tech periods in the theatres. Applicants should be studying at degree level in year two or three of a relevant course or have equivalent experience. Placement opportunities with this department are now fully booked until 2017.

Sound & Video

The Sound & Video Department is made up of sound crews for the Olivier, Lyttelton and Dorfman theatres, the Video Department and the Sound Resources department. Placements last between 2-6 weeks and are usually focused around tech periods in the theatres. Applicants should be studying at degree level in year two or three of a relevant course or have equivalent experience.

HR Department

The HR Department deals with the recruitment,welfare, and training and development of the staff at the National Theatre. Placements last 1-2 weeks and are aimed at those with a strong interest in arts administration and an enthusiastic, proactive attitude.

Development Department (Fundraising)

The Development Department is the fundraising function of the National Theatre which raises approximately £8 million annually from individuals, corporations and charitable trusts and foundations; staff are split across those three main sectors. Placements usually last 1-2 weeks and are aimed at those with an interest in fundraising or events management. Placement opportunities with this department are now fully booked until 2017.

Learning Department (Education)

The Learning Department takes placements which last between 3-10 weeks. Applicants should be on year two or three of a relevant course or have equivalent experience, with a good understanding of Applied Drama or an interest and experience in coordinating and producing learning events. Applicants should have a strong interest in administration and demonstrate a confident and proactive attitude.

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