NEWS: Royal Opera House prize-giving

July 2019

Earlier this month the Royal Opera House welcomed us to their annual apprenticeship prize-giving held in its Crush Room. The event was in celebration of two-year apprenticeships in the disciplines of Scenic Art, Scenic Carpentry, Dye and Technical Theatre.

This year, there were four graduating apprentices including the BCC’s Tom Forrest (Level 2 Bench Joinery) who is the ROH’s Scenic Carpentry apprentice. Alex Beard, Royal Opera House CEO, gave Tom his award, which had been specially made to reflect his achievements and personality.

Alex also delivered testimonials from tutors and colleagues. Tom was congratulated on the his learning speed, skill in carpentry, dedication to his craft, modesty, and team spirit. His employer has been so impressed with Tom that he has been invited to stay on at Royal Opera House for another year to complete the Level 3 qualification. Travis Warrington, the BCC’s Bench Joinery Tutor, received special thanks from Tom for his knowledge, support and encouragement.

The warmth of the Royal Opera House colleagues, both as employers and as hosts was palpable. Through fostering a great working environment and a sense of togetherness, the Royal Opera House brings all levels of employee together to achieve great things.