Ladies Costume Making Apprentice

Fixed term contract for 2 years (September 2015 - August 2017)

Full-time (40 hours per week) - based in Covent Garden

The Royal Opera House produces some of the best opera and ballet in the world. Our employees who work behind the scenes are as important to our opera and ballet productions as those who perform on stage.

As part of our innovative scheme to provide apprenticeships across our back-stage departments, and with the generous support of the Derek Butler Trust, we are pleased to offer a Ladies Costume Making Apprenticeship.

The Costume Department creates costumes for new productions of The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet Company and Birmingham Royal Ballet as well as preparing artists` costumes from top to toe for the revival of existing productions.

The apprentice will split their training between Production Costume (Ladies Workroom) and Costume Performance Support departments, working under appropriate supervision as a full and active member of the team. The apprentice will also spend at least one day a week throughout their apprenticeship at Newham College, where they will study towards an Advanced Apprenticeship in Garment Construction.

While previous experience is not essential, applicants should be able to show:

  • Good and accurate hand and machine sewing skills, basic knowledge of different sewing machines and their maintenance and familiarity with sewing terminology and techniques.
  • A proven interest in period costume.
  • An interest in developing a career in costume making.
  • An aptitude for working hands-on with different materials (as a hobby, at school or college etc).
  • Level 1 (or equivalent) in Tailoring or Garment Construction would be desirable.

The successful applicant will be paid £14,290 per annum, with a 2.5% rise after successful completion of the first 12 months. The apprentice`s college fees will also be paid by the Royal Opera House. Applicants must be 18 years old or over on 1 September 2015 and have work authorization for the UK.

Our apprenticeships are intended for those wishing to pursue a vocational pathway into backstage theatre, and offer the opportunity to achieve Level 2 and/or Level 3 qualifications (equivalent to GCSE (grade A* - C) and A Level). If you already have a degree or other equivalent higher education qualification, you will not be eligible for consideration for this scheme.

Please look at our list of current job vacancies or opportunities for work experience instead.

A full job description and information on how to apply for this position is available below by logging in or creating an account. For any queries regarding the recruitment process, please contact the Personnel Department via email to or via Tel: 020 7212 9124.

Closing date for applications: 8am, 1st June 2015.

The interview process will include a work trial for shortlisted candidates which will take place between 15th June and 17th June 2015. Interviews will take place on 19th June 2015.

Successful applicants will be expected to bring examples of their sewing to the interview.

The Royal Opera House is an equal opportunities employer and is actively seeking to employ people currently under-represented in the workplace. This includes minorities and disabled people.

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