Did you know…it’s National Apprentice Week?
This week marks the sixth annual National Apprenticeship Week, designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the economy.
Apprenticeships are part of a national government accredited scheme offering vocational training as an alternative route into the creative industries. They are based on ability and potential rather than qualifications, social background or who you know thus aiming to break the vicious circle of ‘no experience equals no job’.
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. The scheme has also won the National Skills Academy Creative Apprentice Employers of the Year in 2012, been listed as one of the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers in England and been highly commended in the 2012 National Apprenticeship Award.
As employees, apprentices earn an apprenticeship wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Off the job, usually on a day-release basis, apprentices receive training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications.
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.