I wanted to be an apprentice because I’m not very good at book studying I’m more practical so I thought it would be much better to apply for an apprenticeship where you can get to be more physically involved in the job. Training in the workplace helps, it works, we know it works, historically we know it works. Everyone is so friendly and so willing to pass on their knowledge. You feel part of the team. The word apprenticeship and the word apprentice in itself, it gives them a feeling of belonging Definitely working with professional experienced people is the best way to learn. For me, I remember when I first started out, and having someone there in the workplace, sharing their knowledge with you, and you could call it training but it’s very much about information sharing. What you’ve experienced, where you’re going but also what’s important as well is they can bring something that you may not know about. We get day release one day a week for college and the rest of the time we’re are at the Royal Opera House We spend a certain amount of time in each department, so that’s Stage, Lighting, Sound, Build Area, Flys. The first year of the apprenticeship is a taster of all the different departments. The second year is a specialization where you get to find a department that you enjoy and that you want to spend more time in and learn more about. The best thing about my job is not knowing what the day is going to hold. There is no average day at the Royal Opera House, it’s just so varied, from a show, to an interview, to a discussion, to filming, it just completely varies. If someone wanted to apply for an apprenticeship I’d say ‘go for it’. It’s the best possible way of learning and it’s definitely benefitted me.