Community Arts Admin Apprenticeship The Gate Theatre Company Ltd

Working in a small venue means that the Gate’s Apprentice observes all of the activities behind running a theatre – this is an exciting opportunity for someone who loves to organise and make things happen. You’ll be at the heart of operations in a producing theatre with an international profile.

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Closing date: 25 Sep 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    The typical working week would be Monday – Friday 10am-6pm.Some evening and weekend work may be required. One day a week would be a college day, this will be based at the Lyric Hammersmith.

    Total hours per week: 35.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    02 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    31 Aug 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Due to a condition of our funding, we can only appoint a candidate that lives (and has done so for 2 years or more) in the following boroughs: Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster, City of London.

The Gate’s Apprentice assists in all aspects of the Gate Theatre’s operations, including - but not limited to:

  • Key office administration
  • Box office and front of house administration
  • Production administration
  • Marketing support 
  • Providing general office support for this busy producing venue

The Apprentice is line managed by the General Manager

In this role you will work with staff teams across theatre departments. You do not need to have lots of experience but you need to have an organised and systematic approach to work. You will need to pay attention to detail and to be good at completing tasks.

Apprentices will receive a through grounding in general administration, planning, scheduling and communications.

This role is an apprenticeship position, enabling the post holder to gain a Level 2 Certificate in Community Arts Administration, in association with a partner College, the National Apprentice College.

You will join a cohort of apprentices that are part of the London Theatre Consortium (LTC).

You will need to complete a portfolio and Functional Skills (English, Maths and Science) through an online learning portal - ongoing satisfactory college study and work is a fundamental element of the Apprentice role at the Gate Theatre.

We strongly encourage potential applicants to drop into one of our Open Days where there will be the chance of meeting theatre staff, talking face to face and finding out more information about the apprenticeship programme. You will be able to write a better application if you do this.

Open days are at the Gate Theatre (11 Pembridge Road, W11 3HQ) on the following days:

Thursday 31st August 2-6pm

Wednesday 6 September 2-6pm

Thursday 14 September 2-6pm

Friday 22 September 2-6pm

You can drop in at any time!

References will be required and we may require a DBS check.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Excellent time management skills
  • The ability to work well within in a team, with good listening skills and confident communication
  • Ability to work as part of a busy team 
  • Willingness to develop skills in managing your own workload
  • An organised approach with attention to detail

Personal qualities

  • Friendly and approachable
  • A love of organising and making things run smoothly
  • Understanding of importance of good timekeeping
  • Tenacity and willingness to see a job through
  • Open to guidance and feedback
  • Willingness to learn and develop new skills

Qualifications required

  • We cannot accept people with a degree. We are much more interested in your potential than we are in academic qualifications
  • Training in functional skills (English, Maths, ICT) are part of the college side of the apprenticeship and must be considered as important as coming to work 

Future prospects

This is a brilliant learning opportunity and will give the right candidate an introduction into the various career paths in the creative sector. After completing this apprenticeship, you will have a sound understanding of the different departments such as Producing, Marketing and Fundraising. Your individual interests will be taken into account and where possible, the apprenticeship can be tailored to individual interest. From this apprenticeship, you may go on to do roles such as Production Assistant, Marketing Officer, Development Officer, which can lead to General Manager, Theatre Producer roles etc. Towards the end of the apprenticeship, your line manager will help you network with other theatres and organisations, as well as supporting you in your job applications.

Things to consider

You really need to be aware that: 1. Your college time and online learning are as important as the job. College attendance is vital, as is staying on top of your portfolio. You’ll need to pass your Functional Skills to get your qualification. 2. You may need to work antisocial hours (evenings, weekends). You’ll have time off in lieu (TOIL) to make up for it but theatre happens in the evening. 3. Theatres are very exciting places to work in but it is not glamorous. 4. You will need to be prepared that a lot of your job may involve paperwork and administration. 5. You really will get out what you put in and you will earn your opportunities to take on more and be involved in more exciting areas. For example, if your time keeping is not good, your colleagues will be less likely to be able to give you more interesting and responsible tasks.

About the employer

The Gate Theatre was founded in 1979 to present ground-breaking international plays to a London audience. The Gate has a reputation for being a small-scale theatre that produces work of exceptional quality, with artistic ambition that far outstrips its size. Stephen Daldry, Katie Mitchell, Paterson Joseph, Erica Whyman, Sophie Okonedo and many other artists and theatre makers began their careers here. Today, the Gate exists to make international theatre that asks essential questions about ourselves, each other and the world. Our work investigates what it means to be alive now. We nurture the best and most diverse new talent to push the boundaries of what theatre is and what else it could be. We create space for radical, inventive thinking to surprise, delight and inspire. We imagine our work as a live conversation with our audience. Our intimate 75 seat theatre transforms with every production. No two visits are ever the same. We want our staff team to thrive in an energising and creative environment, and to feel invested and inspired by our collective aims. We invest time and resource into our team through mentoring and training to enable them to go on to become leaders in their respective fields.


The Gate Theatre Company Ltd



Pembridge Road


W11 3HQ

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Training provider

  • On completion you will gain a Level 2 Certificate in Community Arts Administration.
  • The training you will receive is mainly in-house and on the job training
  • You will learn from those you work with and from your cohort of other apprentices
  • Where necessary, you will be able to seek external training
  • You will be provided with a full induction into office working, covering general office administration, and email etiquette and phone systems. You will be trained on how to process ticket orders on Spektrix, our ticketing platform. You will be First Aid trained, and other training opportunities will be sought out, depending on individual requirements and needs
  • The Gate will support you in finding a mentor from within the sector

Apprenticeship framework

Community Arts

Training provider

The National College Creative Industries

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by The National College Creative Industries


Debbie Jeacock 02070151817

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Closing date: 25 Sep 2017