We absolutely love having apprentices. It, sort of, somehow rounds off the team it’s about the energy and a constant reminder that we are all still learning. A typical day is madness, there’s so much going on it’s unbelievable. No day is the same, that’s why I enjoy it. I wanted to pursue a more practical and creative career instead of an office job. I was always going to just try and become a carpenter, then this one came along and I thought it’s a nice little twist on carpentry. You get onsite experience, you’re obviously getting paid while you’re working so you’re not getting yourself into a lot of debt. You get life skills as well from being here, you’re not just in a classroom all the time. I work alongside the current apprentice, Michael, I’m trying to teach him everything I was taught when I was an apprentice and try to get him to be the best carpenter he can be. You learn on the job as you go, so it’s more just gaining experience and I think experience is a bit more valuable, especially when you’re looking for a job. My week is structured four days at work, one day at college. At college I’m studying bench work, welding, and fabrication. I’m on block release so I go to college for two to three weeks, every couple of months. It’s a nice sense of pace going between working and going to college to learn. I think the best thing about doing an apprenticeship at the Royal Opera House is the vast, different styles of carpentry involved. I would definitely recommend this apprenticeship to any young person who’s looking for a career that’s practical and a bit artistic. It’s a great experience! All in all they’re going to learn so much and be able to be extremely well prepared upon leaving to be a scenic carpenter, a scenic engineer, or a scenic artist.