Costume Department Apprentice


The Shared Apprenticeship scheme is a brilliant way to come into the industry since it shows people how the sector really works, as the apprentices will be moving from company to company dependant on the length and availability of productions. 

The Shared Apprenticeship employer shall be South East Wales City Region ATA Limited (“ATA Limited”) but, during your Apprenticeship, you shall be appointed to work for a Host Production Company, or Host Production Companies. During the duration of the apprenticeship of 12 months it is expected that the apprentice will work on more than one production, and for more than one production company, dependant on the apprentice’s skill set and aptitude.

Current and former apprentices have and are currently working on productions such as:

  • Casualty
  • Doctor Who
  • Pobol Y Cwm
  • His Dark Materials
  • Peaky Blinders
  • Fleabag


£12,500 PA

Job Description

As an apprentice you will gain an understanding of production processes relevant to costume, experience in script analysis and continuity, production scheduling and an understanding of on-set etiquette whilst being required to assist and support the experienced costume team.  

You will need to have achieved a good standard of costume makes, alterations, and maintenance, and have the confidence to work quickly and efficiently under pressure.

What kind of person do I need be?

  • Good communicator
  • Analytical
  • A Self-Starter
  • Determined
  • Organised
  • Diplomatic
  • Methodical
  • Good at taking direction
  • A clean driving licence
  • The ability to communicate fluently in Welsh would help with this role.

Essential Skills:

Potential Apprentices need to have a proven interest and a desire to make their mark in the creative and digital industries in Wales. 

They also need to demonstrate a positive and committed attitude and a strong desire to learn since the hours are long and the job can involve long periods working away from home.

General Competencies

  • The ability to communicate fluently in Welsh would help with this role.
  • Teamwork – Highly effective team player; works for the benefit of the whole
  • Managing Relationships – Able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people.
  • Communication – The ability to get one’s message understood clearly by adopting a range of styles, tools and techniques appropriate to the audience and the nature of the information
  • Influencing and persuading – Ability to present sound and well reasoned arguments to convince others. Can draw from a range of strategies to persuade people in a way that results in agreement or behaviour change
  • Planning and organising – Is able to think ahead in order to establish an effective and appropriate course of action for self and others. Priorities and plans activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resources requirements.
  • Creative Thinking – Is able to transform creative ideas/impulses into practical reality. Can look at existing situations and problems in novel ways and come up with creative solutions.
  • Resilience – Can maintain personal effectiveness by managing own emotions in the face of pressure, set backs or when dealing with provocative situations. Can demonstrate an approach to work that is characterised by commitment, motivation and energy.
  • Drive – Demonstrates commitment, motivation and energy.
  • Self Development – Demonstrates personal strengths and development needs, and continually seeks to improve performance by learning new skills and behaviours.
  • Flexibility – Adapts and works effectively with a variety of situations, individuals or groups. Is able to understand and appreciate different and opposing perspectives on an issue, to adapt an approach as the requirements of a situation change, and to easily accept changes in one’s own organisation or job requirements. 


Whilst working as a Costume Department Apprentice you will be completing a 12-month Level 3 Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media.