Guidance

Technical theatre apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the technical theatre sector.

This apprenticeship is for people who want to train as a lighting technician in the performing arts industry.

Training opportunities

You’ll train as assistant lighting or lighting technicians, learning how lighting can dramatically alter the mood and shape of a performance to delight audiences.

Intermediate level technical theatre support apprentices will train as a lighting technician assistant. You’ll be responsible for liaising with lighting director, designer, floor manager, producer and sound technician to agree lighting design. You’ll co-ordinate and handle equipment and technical crew, assemble lighting equipment for special effects, programme consoles and operate a follow spotlight.

On the advanced level apprenticeship you’ll:

  • train as a lighting technician
  • keep up to date with technical developments in the live arts
  • source lighting/special effects equipment and consumables
  • supervise the operation of lighting control systems
  • operate lighting for a live performance, checking control systems and health and safety

Types of apprenticeships

Intermediate level apprenticeship

You’ll train as a lighting technician assistant.

Advanced level apprenticeship

You’ll train as a lighting technician.

Apply for a technical theatre apprenticeship

You can become an apprentice in England if you’re:

  • 16 or over
  • eligible to work in England
  • not in full-time education