Apprenticeships boost at Royal Opera House

operaA RANGE of new apprenticeships are being offered to young people at High House Production Park in Purfleet.

The 14-acre site is where sets for Royal Opera House (ROH) performances are constructed, and the ROH has announced new apprenticeships in carpentry, art and metalwork starting this September.

One young Thurrock man already benefiting from a course at High House is 20-year-old metalwork apprentice Tommy Judd, from Grays, who started his training at High House nearly two years ago after completing a BTEC Level 3 in advanced engineering.

He said: “I definitely enjoy working here because it’s different every day.

“I always knew I wanted to do something to do with engineering but I never imagined I’d be working with the Royal Opera House! I didn’t know a thing about opera before – this apprenticeship has really opened my eyes.”

Tommy works four days a week at High House and attends college in Basildon one day a week. He continued: “The apprenticeship is perfect for me because I always like to be learning new things. Being here doesn’t really feel like work, don’t get me wrong we all work hard, but it’s so enjoyable and they let you do your own thing without breathing down your neck.

“I’d encourage young people to take a look at apprenticeships because you really do learn a lot and it’s a great experience.

“If you’re interested in hands on work definitely apply here – I don’t think you’d be able to find a better company in the world to work for in this industry.”

The scenic carpentry apprenticeships and scenic art apprentice are both on fixed-term contracts for two years. The scenic metalwork apprenticeship up for grabs is a three year contract.

All apprenticeships at High House are full time (40 hours per week) and based on the Purfleet site.

Applicants must be 18 or over on 1 September 2014 and must have work authorisation for the UK.

Full job descriptions and an application form are available at www.roh.org.uk/apprenticeships.

The closing date for applications is 10am on Monday, 2 June.

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