The Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), the UK’s largest theatre owner and operator, has announced a groundbreaking new Graduate Scheme which will develop the future leaders of commercial theatre.
The pilot scheme will begin with two Graduates joining the company in September 2014, and ATG intends to increase this annual intake as the programme grows over the next few years. ATG seeks to train exceptional young leaders in theatre management and administration, equipping them for managerial positions across its departments, to create an excellent workforce from the roots up.
Like many Graduate Schemes in other industries, the programme will last two years with a broad range of placements in the first year to develop a strong business foundation, followed by specialist placements in the second year. Recruitment will begin in early 2014 to appoint two lucky Graduates for the pilot year, to be paid a competitive salary.
With 39 venues in the UK, and a rapidly expanding international reach, ATG offers a uniquely broad insight into commercial theatre and venue operations. Graduates will develop a thorough perspective of the UK theatre industry through placements in ATG’s renowned presenting theatres as well as its four head offices in London and Woking. ATG’s excellent track record in work programmes is evidenced by its successful internship programme, where many current ATG employees cut their teeth.
While permanent employment with ATG at the end of the Graduate Scheme will not be guaranteed, it is expected that Graduates will strengthen the candidate pool for job vacancies across the business. ATG hopes to nurture talented and ambitious young employees, developing industry-specific knowledge and experience to build a foundation for a promising career.
This new initiative complements ATG’s existing learning and development programmes for interns and technical apprentices, as well as their partnership with Elstree University Technical College and collaboration with the Stage One apprenticeship scheme for new producers.
ATG’s Joint CEO, Rosemary Squire, said, 'Working in the theatre industry, although extremely hard work, is not without rewards. From the buzz of anticipation before the curtain goes up to poring over first night reviews, there is nothing more challenging or exciting than the theatre world. Training within the industry is vital and we are working towards improving opportunities across all areas of the business to increase awareness of the scope of jobs available and improve our skill base. I am, therefore, delighted that our new Graduate scheme will allow two deserving applicants to experience the thrill of everything we do here at ATG, and hope that the unparalleled experience we can give them will set them up for a long and rewarding life in theatre.'
For more information please visit www.atgtickets.com/graduatescheme