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Here at CFT we are committed to supporting individuals in developing their technical, creative, artistic, personal and social skills alongside a life-long enjoyment and appreciation of the arts. One of the ways we do this is through our apprenticeship and trainee roles. These roles are available in a range of departments and at a variety of levels to help us support people in different stages of their career. We have entry points and key points in the year. Usually in line with the UK academic calendar.

Apprenticeships and Traineeships at CFT are suitable for anyone aged 18 or above

Our current apprentice and trainee roles include:

  • Cultural Learning & Participation Apprentice
  • Technical Theatre Apprentice
  • Production Manager Apprentice
  • Youth & Outreach Trainee
  • Trainee Producer

What is the difference between a trainee and an apprentice?

Both our trainee and apprentice roles include formal training in a full time position, however our apprentices have dedicated college days and will end their time with us with a qualification.

Hear from past and present apprentices:

How can I apply for an apprenticeship at CFT?

Our apprentice and trainee roles open for applications at different points throughout the year. Keep an eye on our jobs page to see when opportunities go live, and make sure your following us on social media to hear all of our updates.

If you want to find out more about any of our apprentice or trainee roles before applications open please email [email protected] and we'll help you to figure out which role is best for you.

Apprenticeships FAQ

When will you advertise for apprentices and trainees

Keep an eye on our website and social media pages. We usually recruit in line with the academic calendar but we do sometimes have roles available at other points in the year.

What qualifications do I need?

Apprenticeships usually require you to have achieved a pass in GCSE Maths and English (or be able to pass L2 Functional Skills once enrolled at college).

There is no minimum requirement for a Traineeship apart from a proven desire to do the job and ability to the commit to a contract of work and training.

How does the formal Apprenticeship training work alongside the job?

Each role is slightly different but in Apprenticeships you will be given a minimum of 6 hours per week to focus on studies. This might mean attending lessons at college or online conducting college coursework and learning new skills at work.

Can I do an Apprenticeship/Traineeship if I already have a degree?
  • Yes, you can, as long as your degree is in a different subject eg: You can study a technical theatre apprenticeship if you have a Theatre/Drama degree but not a Production Arts degree.
  • Our Production Management Apprenticeships, which are masters level, require you to have a degree in a technical theatre subject or a min of 3 years professional industry experience in Stage Management or Technical Theatre.
I have a disability, can the Apprenticeship be adapted to suit my needs?

We aim to offer a safe and fair opportunity to all applicants and we will ensure that if you are selected for the role we will make all reasonable adjustments to ensure you can undertake the role and gain the qualification