Theatr Clwyd is seeking a suitable candidate to take part in the Technical Apprentice scheme being operated across Wales by the Wales Millennium Centre. They will train and develop skills in technical theatre production, such as sound, lighting and technical stage management. The successful candidate will be based at Theatr Clwyd but employed by the Wales Millennium Centre. Interviews will be held at Theatr Clwyd.
Technical Apprentice Scheme
This scheme is intended to allow candidates to develop their existing skills in a real-world environment and prepare them for full time employment in the theatre industry. It is operated in conjunction with Cardiff & Vale College, who will be the further education provider for the qualification side of the apprenticeship – a Level 3 Certificate in Technical Theatre: Sound, Light and Stage.
There will be an induction week in Cardiff, and potentially other weeks in Cardiff for industry standard ‘off the job’ training, provided by the Association of British Theatre Technicians (and other providers). Accommodation in Cardiff can be provided. There may also be scope for apprentices to swap venues from time to time, to broaden their experience.
Theatr Clwyd is the major arts centre in North East Wales presenting a huge range of activity across many art forms. At its heart is its drama producing company, which has made many world-class productions over the years, with a focus on Wales and Welsh artists. Theatr Clwyd has close community links and operates a significant Creative Engagement programme within schools and offering weekly workshops to people of all ages.
Wales Millennium Centre
Wales Millennium Centre has developed an outstanding reputation for delivering artistic excellence and amazing entertainment, showcasing the very best of Wales to the world and bringing the very best of the world to Wales.
Hours: 35 hours per week
Salary: £5.22 per hour (£9,500 p/a)
Start date: Monday22nd August 2022
Closing date: 15th July 2022
You will be required to:
- Select and use safe systems of work for working at height
- Use tools and equipment for construction or maintenance
- Clean up own work area
- Provide crewing during get-ins, fit-ups and get-outs
- Operate sound for a live performance
- Crew an ongoing production
- Plan lighting requirements for a production
- Set-up and check sound equipment
- Operate lighting for a live performance.
- Operate a follow spot for a live performance.
- Proven interest in working backstage
- Ability to work online to gather evidence for your portfolio
- A positive and constructive attitude with a friendly and flexible approach to clients and visiting companies
- Identify when you can work on your qualification as part of your working week
- Good interpersonal and team-working skills and the ability to work with other departments within the Centre, to ensure the success of all productions and events
- Ability to work unsociable hours, including over-night, weekends and Bank Holidays
- Adhere to H&S policies connected with working backstage, including working at height, manual handling and working with electricity, as well as wearing the appropriate PPE where necessary.
- Previous experience of working in technical theatre (whether volunteering or on school/college productions)
- Knowledge of backstage areas and the equipment used
- Computer literate to include the Microsoft Office packages
- The ability to communicate through the medium of Welsh
- The ability to speak Welsh
- The ability to listen and understand conversations in Welsh
- The ability to write in Welsh
The ability to read Welsh language material
Your application and covering letter are our first point of contact with you. They are judged solely on merit and are our means of shortlisting candidates for interview. Please ensure all questions are answered clearly and succinctly but as fully as possible.
We strongly advise that you carefully read the Role Profile before you complete your application form. This document includes a detailed list of the duties for the role and the essential and desirable criteria we are looking for.
Please complete the application form thoroughly. Forms which are not thoroughly completed are not acceptable and you will be discounted from the shortlisting process.
Please do not send CVs by themselves in place of the application form. As part of our recruitment process, an application form needs to be completed. Of course, you are quite welcome to enclose CVs with your application form, along with any other documents, videos or information you may feel are relevant.
Things to consider
Successful applicants will be offered a full-time (35-hours) 12-month fixed term contract.
The working hours of a Theatre Technician vary from week-to-week, it really depends on the demands of the production they are working on.
*This is not a 9am - 5pm role. One week you could be doing maintenance, a different one-nighter every evening the next and then nine shows of the same production the week after.
Technicians frequently work late into the night including some overnight shifts for get outs (productions packing up and leaving).
*We encourage applicants to really think hard about whether this type of work is suitable for them as friends and family will often work completely different hours which can affect your social life.
Getting to work
Like any role, you need to think about getting to and from work. Theatr Clwyd is situated in the town of Mold in North Wales about 11 miles from Chester train station. There are frequent buses to and from surrounding towns and villages but public transport may not be as frequent as it is in major cities so please be mindful of this.
In addition to your role, you will also need to complete some practical assessments which are essential to the apprenticeship. You cannot complete the apprenticeship and gain certification without them.
We expect you to be fully committed to every aspect of the programme, show willing at all tasks and to manage your deadlines. Failure is all part of the learning process but it's how you react to that which is important, but rest assured - you will have a strong support network behind you.
Who can apply?
Anyone 18 or over can apply. All we ask is that you have a good attitude, live within a reasonable distance of participating venues and are ready to start an exciting career in technical theatre!
There are no minimum qualifications, but we strongly encourage those without formal education to apply.
*This programme is not suitable for anyone still studying so if you're part way through a course and would need to return to studying after the apprenticeship, you are not eligible.
This placement can't be undertaken as a work placement as part of your course