As an organisation, we pride ourselves on our industry knowledge, personal service and high technical standards. We are also extremely passionate about developing the next generation of talent and a way in which we do this is through our annual apprenticeship scheme. Since 2011, we have overseen 35 apprenticeships. Those who have completed the course have all gone on to work in the industry, whether it’s as Production Manager, Site Technician or Account Handlers. We also won Best Apprentice Employer in 2012 along with Best Collaboration with Education Providers in 2014 with Fairfield Halls and ATG; both at the Creative and Cultural Skills Awards. We are once again looking for eight new apprentices to join us over the next year and applications are open now.
The WL Apprenticeship aims to nurture those embarking on a career in technical theatre. The apprenticeship is a Level 3 Creative Venue Technician course which is a combination of ‘on-site’ and ‘in-house’ training. Working along their training provider the National College of Creative Industries, WL will deliver specific training courses in order for those embarking on the apprenticeship to receive the necessary base skills and certification that is recognised and required in the industry.
The scheme is overseen by WL’s Health & Safety and Workforce Development Director Chris Nicholls. He comments: “We are delighted to once again be running our extremely successful Apprenticeship scheme and look forward to reading the submissions and meeting the potential candidates. The scheme has been tailored to ensure it offers everything those wanting a technical career in the industry require. Whether it’s the preparation and maintenance of AV and lighting equipment, first-hand experience of working at some of London’s most prolific venues, along with training across all departments here at WL, they will be receive a wide range of opportunities and skillsets that aren’t available elsewhere”.
Applications for the Apprenticeship open today and the closing date is Friday 21st September. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview on Thursday 4th October and must be available on this date. The expected start date is Monday 29th October.
Chris concludes: “The fact that our Apprenticeship has won awards, as well as allowed those who’ve undertaken it to have successful careers in the industry, just shows what an extremely valuable training scheme it is. This year, we are actively encouraging applicants from underrepresented backgrounds to ensure that this opportunity is open to as diverse a group as possible”.