Metal Fabrication Apprentice
Like so many of us, Camile enjoyed school and college but felt a bit lost about what to do next. Eager to start earning his own money and gain some independence, he tried out a few different jobs after finishing college.
“I was always unsure about what I wanted to do when I left education. I got some experience on building sites working as a Labourer. I enjoyed being hands-on.”
The hands-on part of the jobs he tried, plus the opportunities to learn new skills and techniques, drove him to seek out an apprenticeship, combining work with further training and the promise of qualifications at the end.
After doing some research, he was surprised when he realised that there were so many opportunities to do very technical apprenticeships in the creative sector and that they weren’t limited to industries like engineering and construction. “I decided I wanted to do an apprenticeship in metal fabrication and welding because it was something different to what I was used to. As a Scenic Fabrication Apprentice with the National Theatre, I am involved in building stages as part of the sets for world-class productions.”
The mix of performance and technical specialists that Camile gets to work with as part of his apprenticeship is a massive bonus. He believes the unique opportunities he has had at the National Theatre means that once he has completed his apprenticeship, he will be ready and qualified to work in a number of different sectors.
“The apprenticeship gives me the chance to learn about the performance industry, at the same time as learning more about the metal fabrication industry.”
Camile's career pathway
- 2012 Completed his GCSEs, including one in Resistant Materials (Design Technology)
- 2014 Completed a a Level 3 qualification in Sport at Kingston College
- 2015 Took on various jobs, including fitting kitchens and training as a Sprinkler Fitter on the Battersea Power Station redevelopment project
- 2016 Applied for and began an Advanced Apprenticeship in Scenic Metal Fabrication at the National Theatre