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ATG Technical Apprenticeships

A unique opportunity to learn from the UK's biggest theatre operator, ATG's technical apprenticeships are a great way to kick-start a technical theatre career by working within a busy technical department.

Working in one of our regional or London venues, apprentices gain hands on experience straight away, working alongside our in-house technical teams and visiting companies to support our busy performance programme. The apprenticeship lasts for one year and includes time with lighting, sound, flys and stage; on completing, apprentices have the skills and experience required to work as a multi-skilled technician.

Apprentices work towards Level 3 qualifications as part of their role, as well as a wide range of short training courses with ATG and other specialist organisations: everything from PAT testing to working at height and risk assessment to operating lighting desks. Approximately 20% of your time is spent on ‘off the job’ training like training courses, with the remaining 80% spent working at a trainee technician on real events.

Training & Qualifications

Apprentices work towards Level 3 qualifications recognising your technical theatre skills and your wider knowledge of the creative and cultural sector. These are assessed on the job, by your colleagues at ATG and an assessor from the National College for Creative & Cultural Industries

Apprentices are also required to hold Level 2 qualifications in English, Maths and ICT; these are compulsory and will be completed with us during the apprenticeship year if an apprentice does not already hold them.

Apprentices undertake various short courses with ATG and other companies, ranging from health, safety and risk management such as working at height, through to technical skills training in using particular types of equipment from lighting desks to moving lights. 

From 2017 we will be moving to the new Creative Venue Technician apprenticeship standard. Read the standard document for an idea of the skills and qualities apprentices are expected to develop by the end of their apprenticeship.

What kind of careers does this apprenticeship lead to?

Our apprenticeship programme began in 2013 and since then we have employed 20 apprentice theatre technicians. Since their apprenticeships, they have gone on to work as:

• Full time Senior Technician at ATG’s New Wimbledon Theatre

• Casual Theatre Technician at ATG’s Richmond, Oxford, York, Birmingham and Stoke theatres 

• Part time safety officer at ATG’s New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham

• Full time technician at the National Theatre

• Full time technician at Derby Theatre

• LX on ATG productions in the West End

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of shows would I work on?

Check the programme of your local ATG theatre; this will give you an idea of the broad range of performances and events you could be supporting. It could be a comedy one-nighter, a week long musical, an off-site event in your local community or a corporate hire. 

When would I start?

The apprenticeship starts in September each year. 

How long is the apprenticeship?

The apprenticeship lasts for one year, usually working 30 hours per week.

Is the apprenticeship paid? 

Yes. You will be paid a salary based on 30 hours per week. Any overtime worked is paid at an hourly rate, so you’ll complete a timesheet and be paid for the actual number of extra hours worked. 

What are the hours?

Apprentices are contracted to work 30 hours per week. There may be opportunities for further hours if you are progressing well with your training and can demonstrate you are working as a competent technician. 

Working as a technician involves working some unusual hours; you may be starting very early or finishing very late, when public transport is not operating. Get ins and get outs may take place over night, for example. It is crucial you are able to attend these as part of your training, as there is a great deal to learn from getting in or taking down a show, so you should expect to work outside normal office hours every week; this is definitely not a 9-5 job!

Where would I work?

Your main place of work will be one of ATG's theatres; we select a different group of four theatres to participate each year, which we will publish in the summer. Some travel will be required, to visit other theatres or for external training and we reimburse your additional expenses for this. 
It is important you think carefully about the varied hours involved in the apprenticeship, how you would travel to and from the theatre and the cost of travel before applying. If you have any questions please contact

Who can apply?

Anyone who is ready to start a career as a technician is eligible to apply. There are no age restrictions or requisite qualifications. However, we do require you to live within reasonable travelling distance from the participating theatres.

Please note this apprenticeship is not suitable for those still studying; if you are part way through a degree or other course, and would need to return to studying after the apprenticeship, you are not eligible. It cannot be undertaken in place of a placement as part of your course.

I already work for ATG. Does this exclude me from applying?

No. If you fulfil the other characteristics in the person specification you are very welcome to apply.

Will I be guaranteed a job at the end of the apprenticeship?

A job will not be guaranteed, but it is expected that job vacancies will arise at the Ambassador Theatre Group which will interest you.

What is the recruitment process?

The recruitment process includes an application form online through the National Apprenticeship Service website, an assessment day and an interview. We assess the application forms against the person specification you will see in the advert, and select a group of approximately 12 candidates to meet at the assessment day. This involves some group activities and a short interview during which we will find out about you, and you can find out more about ATG and what it is like to work for the company.

How many applications do you receive?

In 2016 we received 55 applications for four positions. Don’t let this put you off; if you are interested in working as a technician and think you have the qualities we are looking for, you should apply.

Unfortunately due to the volume of applications received we are not always able to offer detailed feedback on application forms unless you already work for ATG. We do offer feedback for everyone invited to the assessment day.

I need a visa to work in the UK. Can ATG sponsor me?

No. ATG is not able to sponsor candidates for this position.

I want to work for ATG as a freelance/casual technician. Who should I contact?

If you are already an experienced technician, you are welcome to send your CV speculatively to the Technical Manager in your nearest theatre. Roles with ATG Productions are advertised on Stage Jobs Pro. 

What do I do now?

Keep an eye on our jobs page for the next vacancies, or email to receive an email when we open for applications. You can also register with the Apprenticeships Service website to search for apprenticeships vacancies.

I want to work in theatre, but not as a technician. Where should I go?

There are many ways you can gain relevant experience or find relevant jobs in the industry.

At ATG, you could:

Take part in a Creative Learning project
Undertake work experience 
Check out job vacancies in the company 
Apply for our Graduate Scheme in theatre management

For jobs and experience outside of ATG, you can find many opportunities on the following websites:
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