No Formal Entry Requirements

If you are aged 16-23 the Skills Funding Agency will fund the cost of the training.
If you are aged 24+ an employer contribution would be required.

Employers are looking to widen the pool of potential recruits into Technical Theatre to enable
individuals to get their foot in the door of the industry and create an alternative entry route.
Employers are particularly interested in those who:

* show a keen interest in working in backstage roles (Lighting, Sound or Stage)
* who understand the importance of working in teams and are willing to work shifts

Please note: technician roles often require manual handling and may also involve working at
height and in cramped conditions.

Applicants may have prior experience or qualifications in any of the creative industries or
technical support roles, supported by a portfolio of evidence, but this is not mandatory as
training providers and employers will use initial assessment to ensure that applicants have a
fair opportunity to demonstrate their ability. Programmes will then be tailored to meet
individual needs, recognising prior qualifications and experience.

Do you want an apprenticeship working in a professional environment for theatre, TV or an events company? Working as a stage lighting designer, live sound engineer, video specialist, production manager, set designer or stage manager? Do you want to become a member of a professional team of men and women in black who are the backbone of the industry? If so, you have come to the right place. During your apprenticeship you will work for a technical theatre company and work in specialist studios; professional theatres; work on festivals; live events; productions and tours. You will study your specialism at College one day a week. You can choose one of three pathways: Stage, Sound and Lighting.

There are a number of career paths you may take after doing a level 3 apprenticeship. Careers such as; crew for theatres or cruise ships, become a lighting designer, stage manager or sound engineer. You may work for a touring company, freelance for many entertainment organisations or take up a career in alternative industries, such as Events Management, Advertising, Marketing, Media or Retail.  Salaries can vary enormously according to your career path. Depending on the role and the organisation, you could potentially earn between £18,000 - £35,000 per year.

As a student of Oldham College you will have full use of all the college facilities; including a fully equipped professional theatre – The Grange Theatre.

Level 3 apprentices on the Lighting Pathway will train as Senior Lighting Electricians / Deputy
Heads of Lighting, Board / Console Operators, Lighting Technicians (or Lead Lighting
Technicians) or Lighting Maintenance Supervisor / Managers. Apprentices on the Sound
Pathway will train as Senior Sound Technicians. Those taking the Stage Pathway will train as
Senior Stage Technicians or Head Flymen.

During your time on the Apprenticeship you will study the following:

Operating Lighting for a Live Performance in the Theatre
Rehearsing and Plotting the Lighting
Assist with the Running of a Live Performance

Co-ordinate the Sound Requirements for a Rehearsal
Assist with the Running of an Ongoing Production
Technical and Production Developments in the Live Arts

Assist with the Running of a Live Performance
Interpret Designs for Sets and Props
Assist with the Running of an Ongoing Production

As well as developing performance or production skills, you will participate in maths and English classes to ensure that you are improving core skills which will help you gain professional employment in the Performing Arts industry.

Level 3 Apprentice in Technical Theater

Level 3 Certificate in Sound, Light and Stage

Level 3 Certificate in Principles of the Creative and Cultural Sector

Level 2 Functional Skills – Maths, English & ICT (unless already accredited)

Study Programme

All students at Oldham College will participate in a personalised study programme that will maximise your potential and enable you to progress onto employment, apprenticeships or higher education.

This means you will:

  • Study a core qualification in a vocational discipline and continue to develop your English and Maths skills through functional skills, GCSE resits and the option of Level 3 qualifications
  • Participate in meaningful work experience
  • Enjoy a range of enrichment opportunities e.g. basketball, archery, skiing and sign language
  • Take part in dedicated tutorial sessions to review your progress and development