Company: Cardiff Theatrical Services Ltd (WNO)
Apprenticeship Role: Scenic Construction Apprentice
About the Organisation
Cardiff Theatrical Services LTD are the Scenery making company owned by Welsh National Opera with an extensive range of high profile clients ranging from ENO and the Royal Opera House to The Royal Court, RSC and the National Theatre with credits on numerous recent West End shows such as the Olivier Award winning Hangmen, The Audience, The Importance of Being Earnest, and As You Like It (NT). to the latest Half A Sixpence (Chichester Festival Theatre/Camack) and Magic Flute Lyric Opera Chicago.
We provide top quality scenic services to clients in the UK and worldwide and have a skilled team of Scenery Builders: Carpenter’s, Metalworkers, Scenic Artists, Draughtsman and Project Co-ordinators. Many of our key workers have been here for a long time and we are keen to start developing and bringing on the next generation of theatre makers!
Scenic Construction Apprentices learn to make scenery using a combination of materials such as timber and steel box sections: They measure, mark and cut materials accurately to size; building timber framed scenic flats, cladding steel frames and making other scenic elements prior to scenic artists finishing them. They also work closely with other team members to assemble elements of the set and fit them together for finishing, weighing and assembly prior to loading out.
A Scenic Construction Apprentice will gain core skills in both Carpentry and Metal workshops they can also be found working with other materials such as plastics and fabric depending on the finish required.
The ability to read scale drawings and plans and to work systematically through a task is a vital skill that we will help you develop as an Apprentice with us.
This role could lead to further engagement and continued career development onto becoming a fully skilled Scenic Carpenter/ Metalwork Fabricator. If you have good basic practical skills in woodwork and are keen to work on large scale projects this could be a great alternative to Higher Education or other vocational formal training.
To become a Scenic Construction Apprentice, you will ideally have 5 GCSE’s including Maths and Woodwork or DT. You will need to be able to find practical solutions to problems and be hands-on. You’ll also need excellent communication skills and to be a team player.
Examples of the jobs a Scenic Construction Apprentice could do in future –
- Assistant Scenery Builder
- Standby Carpenter (In Film or TV)
- Production Carpenter on Tour with a theatre or opera company
- Project Co-ordinator or Draughtsman (with further training)
What kind of person do I need to be?
- Practical and hands on
- Creative and imaginative
- Enthusiastic with a can do attitude
- Good communicator
- Self – motivated
- Good at time management
- Preparing and making scenic items with the team of Scenic Carpenters and Metalwork Fabricators.
- Working closely with the workshop team on samples and actual finished items of scenery including timber flats, staging units and other 3D scenic items.
- Practical ability with resistant materials
- Keen and motivated to work hard
- Creativity and imagination
- The ability to manage your time, meet deadlines and work within a team in a busy workshop environment
Whilst working for CTS you will be completing a 12-month Level 3 Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media.