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RSC Apprenticeships

The Royal Shakespeare Company is looking for three apprentices to join its theatre crafts workshops in Stratford-upon-Avon, where the sets and props for its plays are made.

The new RSC Craft Apprenticeship Scheme will offer training in three separate areas – Property Workshop (prop making), Scenic Art (paintshop skills) and Scenic Workshop (set construction).

Aimed primarily at school leavers, or people without formal qualifications, successful applicants will begin a full time three year apprenticeship in September 2009. They will learn ‘on the job’, attend external training courses, and a mentor within their department will provide support and guidance throughout the programme.

Apprentices will be working on a huge range of RSC productions, seen by over 500,000 people each year all over the country and across the world. The work of the Paintshop can include ageing chandeliers by a few hundred years, creating a brick foam wall, or painting a backdrop to look like the English countryside. Set construction might involve building a panelled ball room, a full size oak tree or a grassy bank. And a severed head, a cow pat and a dead ferret are just some of the items recently made by the RSC’s prop making team.

Each apprentice will receive a salary of £14,000, plus funding for all training and development, and financial support towards travel and accommodation arrangements.

Further details about each apprenticeship, minimum requirements and application forms, can be found at http://www.rsc.org.uk/apprenticeships or are available on request from Jessica Heys in the RSC’s HR department on 01789 272534 or jessica.heys@rsc.org.uk. Details of other theatre careers opportunities with the RSC are available at http://www.rsc.org.uk/jobs

The deadline for applications is 26 June 2009, with interviews taking place in Stratford on 15 and 16 July 2009.

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