Internships & Apprenticeships
The Kings Theatre joined the National Apprenticeship Service in 2011, and in its first four years has seen 16 staff members successfully complete level2 or 3 qualifications.
David Cooper, Chief Executive, Kings Theatre said “For us being able to provide a structured full-time apprenticeship programme is an integral element of the working environment and community ethos that the Kings generates.”
Our apprentices are assigned to vital roles within the organisation, and are given support by senior management to fulfil their potential. We have had apprentices working across the theatre in the following roles: Admin Assistant and Officer, Finance Assistant, Group Bookings and PR Assistant, PR and Corporate Officer, Marketing Assistant, Community Engagement Assistantand Officer, AssistantDuty Manager, Technician and IT Officer.
When positions become vacant we advertise them through PETA.
Patsy Jayne Harvey
"It was in my final year at St Edmunds School that I realised I needed to start thinking about my future career. At the age of 16 I did not feel this was something I could decide – so I chose to attend South Downs College and study Art & Design. I received a Merit in my Diploma towards the end of the 2nd year course I once again realised I still didn’t know what I wanted to do for a career.
I found PETA Ltd and it as them who put the idea of The Kings Theatre into my head. The position was “Apprentice Duty Manager.” It sounded like something that would actually be beneficial and interesting and something that could lead on to bigger things.
For one year I was an Apprentice at the Theatre. Luckily, I was thrown in at the deep end which I am very thankful for, it was terrifying but so much fun. It built my confidence as a leader and in general as a person. Alongside the on-the-job training I attended training days at PETA Ltd to complete my qualification. At the end of the year I received my NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration.
When they were looking for someone to lead the Box Office team, to take over Group Bookings and Kings Card membership, I knew straight away I had to apply. In the morning I had the interview and by 4pm I was told I was the Theatre’s Sales Officer!
I am now happily working in the Box Office and currently working towards a further qualification; my NVQ Level 3 in Business Administration. I still occasionally work as a Duty Manager.
Apprenticeships are definitely the way forward – I find the best way to learn is to get stuck in and experience things first hand. I would not have had the experience I have had or be where I am now if it wasn’t for Apprenticeships."
In 2015/16 the Kings Theatre are currently hosting two Creative Interns as a part of a Portsmouth City Council initiative. The internships are full-time for six months.
Here’s what Zoey has to say about the experience: "I talk to my friends all the time about the job I do and they can see it on my face and also hear it in my voice how much the theatre means to me and how much I love my job. They ask me questions all the time about the things that I do on a regular basis and I have gotten them all quite interested in what I do."
Further internship opportunities will be advertised via our social media