As the home of The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera, at the Royal Opera House we want many more people to enjoy and engage in exceptional ballet and opera – both as audience members and as theatre-makers.
Opening our doors to the widest possible talent pool and providing opportunities for anyone to discover and experience the wide range of careers available back-stage is central to our people strategy. We have been providing apprentice opportunities in technical and production departments since 2007, and as of last summer 66 apprentices have graduated from our scheme, 88% of whom have continued to work in the industry. Our work experience scheme provides parallel opportunities for shorter-term exposure to the world of work across the full-range of our operations.
We aim for both of these schemes to be progressive and sector-leading, and we are now looking for a new manager to consolidate and build on what we have achieved so far. The key responsibilities of the role include:
· Managing the recruitment and selection of apprentices and those on placement
· Building and managing relationships with the departments hosting these opportunities, and supporting departmental supervisors in their management of young people
· Identifying and building effective partnerships with educational bodies that are appropriate for each specific apprenticeship qualification
· Working closely with the Development & Enterprises department and the appropriate funding bodies to secure the funding required, and ensuring funder evaluation and reporting requirements are met
· Promoting the ROH is a leader in vocational skills development by representing the organisation across the sector and with government
This role will support the delivery of the ROH Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy by placing diversity considerations at the heart of all apprenticeship and work experience activity.
We would love to hear from you if you can demonstrate the following:
· A commitment to and experience of managing and supporting young people in the early stages of their careers
· In-depth understanding of the back-stage work of a theatre, including the production and technical areas
· Knowledge and experience of the British education system and specifically the context in which theatre technical and craft skills are taught
· Significant experience of managing recruitment campaigns and demonstrable experience of proactively promoting diversity and inclusion through recruitment
· Excellent influencing skills, with the ability to work effectively with a wide range of people within and outside the organisation
· Sufficient experience to be able to represent the Royal Opera House at a public level and to the media
All of our staff are expected to uphold the Royal Opera House values: respect, openness and valuing the highest standards. The Royal Opera House is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment in which everyone can thrive. We welcome applications from those who are currently under-represented in our workforce, in particular those who are ethnically diverse and/or disabled. As a Disability Confident Employer, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential minimum criteria for our vacancies.
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