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Work With Us


In addition to what we can offer young people, we also have many other opportunities for employment, voluntary work, internships and training.

We are committed to managing a fair and equitable recruitment and selection process to the highest industry standards. This page will be regularly updated with opportunities throughout the year, so please do keep checking back. Please note that Internships when available are paid posts usually for a fixed term of 6-7 months and will be advertised under Current Vacancies. Other unpaid posts are advertised under Volunteering and Work experience and are for shorter periods usually from one week to 3 months. 

Current Vacancies / Volunteering and Work Experience /

Creative Trainee SchemeScripts / Freelance Artistic Staff / Pastoral Staff


Current Vacancies

Head of Development

Youth Music Theatre (soon to be British Youth Music Theatre) is seeking a Head of Development with a demonstrable successful track record in writing grant applications, forging strong relationships with current and new supporters and outlining a compelling case for support to those considering donating to British Youth Music Theatre. This is an exciting opportunity for a fundraiser who can demonstrate success in helping an organisation to increase revenue from a broad range of prospects including trusts and foundations, corporates, HNWIs and government funds and who is keen to join the talented team that supports this amazing national charity.

Please download the JOB DESCRIPTION and complete the APPLICATION FORM, sending your completed application to Tim Sandford, Deputy Chief Executive at timsandford@bymt.org

Applications open until – 17:00 Monday 3 December 2018. Interviews will be arranged during the week commencing 3 December.

Secretary to the Trustees (Voluntary)

YMT UK is seeking a volunteer secretary to their Board of Trustees, who meet every three months, to take notes and produce minutes. This is a good opportunity for someone interested in gaining experience working with a board of trustees in the charity sector, giving back to the community and learning about a fantastic national charity which gives musical theatre training and performance opportunities to over 750 children each year.

Download the full Job description here.

Potential applicants should send their CV with a covering email to Royce Bell (Chair of Board) c/o mail@ymtuk.org
Phone interviews will be scheduled at a mutually convenient time.

Starting date: January 2019.


Audition Administrators (3-5 weekends in Jan/Feb 2019)

YMT UK are looking to recruit temporary, freelance Audition Administrators to assist the creative team during the YMT UK Auditions Tour in January and February 2019. You will be responsible for the smooth running of the auditions whilst out on tour, meeting parents and students, booking taxis and much more. This will include travelling and staying with the Creative team over up to 5 weekends.

Please download and read the JOB DESCRIPTION and complete the APPLICATION FORM, sending your completed application to Hannah at mail@ymtuk.org

Applications open until – 10am Friday 14 December 2018. Interviews will be arranged as and when suitable applications are received.


Audition Volunteers

YMT UK are looking for fans of our projects to act as Audition Volunteers in each of our audition venues, assisting the Audition Administrator during the YMT UK Auditions Tour 2019. This will include chatting to young people and their parents, sharing your personal YMT experience and assisting with whatever needs doing.

Download full details here.

If you are interested in giving up a day to help YMT, please email Hannah at mail@ymtuk.org - we'd love to hear from you.

Applications will remain open until 22 February 2018. Phone conversations to discuss the position will be arranged as and when suitable applications are received.


Pastoral Team Members and Pastoral Heads

We are always looking for caring, organised people to join our team of Pastoral Staff who work at our residential courses throughout the Summer. See below for more details.


Database Volunteer

A new and exciting opportunity in a small, busy and friendly office team for anyone who is interested in working with databases and wants to get some experience.

Youth Music Theatre UK, the leading musical theatre company for young people in the UK is looking for an organised, engaging and determined person to help us with our precious database which plays an essential role in our company’s work.

Volunteering for one or more days per week, from our office in Fulham, hours can be flexible depending on availability. The tasks will include data entry, keeping the database up to date, organising data, researching contacts and any other work with our database.

You will gain experience of working with new systems in a fast-paced office environment for a leading performing arts organisation. Gain experience with administration and database working, as well as being a part of a friendly and creative team, with occasional tea-drinking and biscuit-eating.

If you are interested in this position, please send your CV on ninamcdonagh@ymtuk.org, to Nina McDonagh, YMT's Marketing Manager.


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Volunteering and Work Experience 

If you would like to gain some unpaid work experience or volunteer in the YMT office, whether you’re at school, college, university, considering a career change or wanting to do some charity work in later life, we may be able to offer you a suitable placement. Applications for these unpaid positions are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. It's important to note that, while YMT Productions take place in various major theatres across the UK, you would be volunteering for administrative work in our London office. See below for some examples. If you are interested in creative work experience on one of our productions as an introduction to working within the industry, see the Creative Trainee Scheme

Short-Term, Full-Time Work Experience 

Suitable usually for Young People (16-17) who are interesting in taking on some Work Experience as part of their Secondary School or College studies, short-term volunteers will typically volunteer full-time for up to a fortnight. Duties will usually include general administration and occasional research.

Medium Term, Full-Time Volunteers

Lasting perhaps one to three months, these posts are suitable for somebody recently graduated from Secondary School, College or University, or somebody later in life looking to make a major contribution of their time and skill to YMT. These volunteers will provide vital support to one of our departments. Previously, roles have included Database Assistant, Administrative Assistant, Production Assistant, and Fundraising Assistant, although we will cater the work to the applicants interests and our current needs. We will reimburse travel expenses within the Greater London area and provide copious quantities of tea/coffee and chocolate biscuits!

Long Term, Part-Time Volunteers

Perhaps involving one or two days a week for several months or more, these posts are often taken by adults with an interest in providing their spare time and skills to YMT around their other commitments. We will usually provide a focused project, depending on our current needs and your interests. Past part-time volunteers have helped to support our Finance, Database, Fundraising, and Marketing Teams. We will reimburse travel expenses within the Greater London area and provide copious quantities of tea/coffee and chocolate biscuits!

If you would like to discuss our volunteering or work experience opportunities, please call us on 02085637725 or email mail@ymtuk.org. To apply, please send a CV with covering letter, explaining your volunteering interests and availability, to mail@ymtuk.org.

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Creative Trainee Scheme

Each year, YMT makes a number of training places available for recent graduates or those in their second or third year of higher education wishing to gain work experience on music theatre projects working with young people. These take the form of assistant roles on our 2 and 3 week projects across the summer and are principally for Assistant Musical Directors, Assistant Designers and Associate Designers. Occasionally we can offer Assistant Director or Assistant Choreographer roles. 

Visit the Creative Trainee Scheme page for further information.

YMT has been a great platform for me to learn, take risks, and sometimes make mistakes and generally find my own way into becoming an MD.”
Sam Sommerfeld, Musical Director and former Creative Trainee

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Although a great deal of the company's work is devised, we will look at book/librettos and listen to CDs of new work where possible. If you wish to submit material, please send it to the office marked 'Script' and we will put it in a queue to be read. Please note that this may take a substantial amount of time, particularly over the summer months.

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Freelance Artistic Staff

If you are an artistic practitioner please feel free to send us your CV by e-mail to mail@ymtuk.org
Please make clear any special skills you may have, including any relating to working with less advantaged or challenging young people. Please note that due to the volume of CVs that we receive, it is not always possible for us to reply. However, your details will be kept on file for future projects.

My work with YMT has been amongst the most creative and developmental of my career. It is so refreshing not to be driven by commercial interest but be invited to experiment and pursue originality.” 
James Atherton, Composer

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Pastoral Staff

We are always looking for caring, organised people to join our team of Pastoral Staff who work at our residential courses throughout the Summer. The Pastoral Team’s first priority is always to the young person. As a member of the Pastoral Team you will be a key person to whom the young person looks for guidance, protection, clarification and support. If you can be available for at least 1 week of the Summer and have the skills to guide, inform and act in loco parentis to our young people, then please get in touch.

We accept applications for Pastoral Staff on a rolling basis. Please download and read the JOB DESCRIPTION and complete the APPLICATION FORM. Please send your completed application to our Welfare Manager, Alison Woodward - alisonwoodward@ymtuk.org

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