We are delighted to take part in Apprenticeship Week Wales again this year, held between 8–14 February 2021.
Organised by the Welsh Government, the week provides a means to highlight the wide range of creative opportunities that are available, and the value they give to employers and learners throughout Wales. It is also an excellent opportunity for us at Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru to raise awareness of apprenticeships in Wales and the variety of creative posts that are available.
This is the second time that we have supported the celebrations and, following last year’s success, they will highlight opportunities in the arts. In 2020, a technical presentation was provided to schools in Wales. Due to COVID restrictions, the work this year will take place remotely, and as a result we have created an on-line presentation in both Welsh and English giving a taste of what is available in the field of theatre and the creative industries in Wales. The resource, which includes closed captions in both Welsh and English, will be available to all secondary schools in Wales.
The presentation will include interviews with Angharad Davies (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s Head of Production) and Morgan James (a former Technical Apprentice with the company), together with an explanation of the opportunities offered by the television and film industries given by Sue Jeffries (Managing Director of Sgil Cymru) and Zahra Errami, who is curently a journalist at ITV after training through a Sgil Cymru apprenticeship scheme. The presentation also includes a creative workshop with the composer and sound designer Dan Lawrence, who will demonstrate how music and sound can add to a theatre production.
Rhian A. Davies, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s Executive Producer, said:
“It is an honour to be invited to support Apprenticeship Week again this year. Supporting opportunities to develop skills for those working in the arts in Wales is a priority for us in Theatr Gen. We want to raise awareness of the variety of roles available in the arts, and support the development of a creative Welsh workforce. We are running a series of initiatives to develop skills – for playwrights and assistant directors, and those who wish to boost their confidence in working through the medium of Welsh. Our door is always open to anyone who would like to contact us to chat about opportunities, or are seeking ways of having a taste of our work.”
A representative from Welsh Government said:
“Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru provided us with a really useful resource to support our latest Apprenticeships campaign. Having partnered with them to deliver face-to-face interactive workshops in schools previously, we briefed them to create an online resource for teachers to use in their e-learning during the pandemic. Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru were extremely adaptable to the challenges we faced and created an engaging piece of content in a short turnaround time. Their 25 minute lesson featured a range of interviews, filmed content and utilised a series of key messages about Apprenticeships, whilst keeping the video interesting and relevant to our audience.”
3 February 2021