National Apprenticeship Week: What it’s like to work at Wales Millennium Centre

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work backstage at Wales Millennium Centre? To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week (March 6-10), we caught up with one of our Apprentice Technicians whose valuable contribution supports our vision to “Inspire our Nation and Impress the World.”

Lewys Herbert, 19, a former Coleg Sir Gar student from Llanelli who is embarking on a year-long apprenticeship at the Centre due to end in June 2017, tells us what the Apprenticeship scheme at the Centre means to him.

The Technical Apprentice has “loved” his time working with the technical team at the Centre and enhancing his skills on a daily basis. So far, his highlights have been the variety of tasks he’s carried out, depending on demands of the show. He has recently worked on Pride and Prejudice and Mary Poppins on the follow spot, and Billy Elliott on lighting.

Discussing his role in one of the unseen jobs of theatre he said: “If someone leaves the show and doesn’t notice the lighting or sound, you’ve done your job well. The day someone mentions your job as they leave, you’ve done something wrong. Your job is to be unseen.”

“You never know what you’re going to get when you come to work, it all depends on the show itself. My hours and job are a constant variety, and I couldn’t imagine a better place to work. Just being able to learn from the team at the Centre is incredible, they’re some of the best in the business.”

Discussing his relationship with his co-workers, Lewys commented: “Being an apprentice is great because you’re never alone, and Annabel and I, another Technical Apprentice, have become great friends. We’ve gone on such a journey together since starting here last summer.”

“The entire technical team are mentors to me, and I can’t imagine not doing this now. I absolutely love it, it’s given me experience that I could never have imagined. I get to improve my skills on a daily basis and coming to work in the morning doesn’t even feel like work.”

Have you ever thought about working at the Centre? Get in touch to find out more about how you can join us.

Wales Millennium Centre Apprenticeship

Wales Millennium Centre’s Shared Apprenticeship Scheme runs in conjunction with Cardiff and Vale College and the apprentices gain a Level 3 certification in Technical Theatre: Sound, Light and Stage on completion of the course. As well as the apprenticeship qualification, the apprentices will use the ABTT Bronze award as a benchmark qualification, covering as many units as possible during their apprenticeship. Industry professionals are also used to deliver courses to the apprentices and additional training can be arranged according to the individual need of each apprentice.