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.

This is the second consecutive year for us at Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru to take part in Apprenticeship Week Wales. Last year, we created workshops for Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Llangynwyd in Maesteg and Bryntirion Comprehensive in Bridgend offering opportunities for pupils to learn about careers in the creative industries and hear about the experience of being an apprentice. Here is a video about those sessions in 2020.