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Live Events Technician

Course Code: A3/0383/00-P1

Level: 3
Subject area: Performing Arts & Live Events

Qualification: Apprenticeship
Course type: Full-time
Duration: 30 months
When you'll study: No college attendance

About the course

Live events range from concerts, festivals and theatrical performances through to exhibitions, conferences, product launches and showcases. Live event technicians prepare and set up technical equipment for such events. Ultimately specialising in sound, lighting or video, live they will carry out routine and one-off technical preparation and set-up of equipment for events.

They will be part of the team that turns a venue into a functioning event environment before returning the site to its original state, often within a short time frame.

What you'll learn

An Apprenticeship is broken down into three learning categories: skills, knowledge and behaviours. For the Level 3 Live Events Technician Apprenticeship, you will cover the following …

Behaviours:

The dynamic and diverse nature of live events means that technicians will need the ability to work within various team environments, under pressure and to tight deadlines. A safe working attitude and an appreciation of the needs of other disciplines operating in the same workplace is crucial.

Other required attitudes, behaviours and interpersonal skills associated with the professional workplace include:

  • the ability to work as part of a team, which may vary in size and dynamic
  • the drive and determination to complete the job on time
  • the ability to work and remain calm and safe under pressure
  • a safe attitude, specifically regarding working with electricity, work at height, manual-handling and noise
  • the ability to adapt to change with enthusiasm
  • the ability to demonstrate problem-solving abilities
  • a willingness to work unsociable hours in varying locations for extended periods.
  • punctuality, reliability and personal responsibility
  • self-motivated with a positive ‘can do’ attitude, clear goals and ambition
  • the ability to be an effective communicator.

Skills:

  • preparation, test, repair and maintenance of equipment such as amplifiers, speakers and sound control desks; lights, dimmers and lighting control desks or video screens, projectors and associated control equipment
  • assembly of systems from component parts
  • fault finding in components and systems
  • operation of specialised technical equipment and tools
  • people management and Interpersonal skills especially the ability to react to varied working environments
  • computer literacy including specialist software systems such as CAD/Design and Rental Management
  • understand and interpret system specifications and drawings
  • logistics, with specific reference to truck pack, the ability to judge required space for loads, and prepare carnets and manifests for shows travelling outside of the UK/EU
  • lifting/ground rigging – much of the technical equipment used in live events is hung from pre-rigged support systems
  • customer service – dealing politely and respectfully with customers, ranging from account managers to production managers to the end client when onsite.

Knowledge:

  • product knowledge and terminology including the theory surrounding chosen specialisms such as sound, light and video
  • understand planning processes required to deliver a live event and the importance of eliminating errors that can prove costly
  • selection of the correct tools and equipment for tasks
  • electricity and temporary electrical supplies; theory, practice and safety
  • understand management structures within the event environment, site etiquette and culture, including onsite communication and interdependencies between departments
  • working knowledge of stock control, warehousing, storage, logistics and transportation
  • knowledge of first aid and health and safety, including manual handling, work at height, noise, working hours and fatigue, and related legislation
  • knowledge of the environmental impact of live events and how it is managed
  • lifting operations, theory and practice
  • a clear understanding of the sectors within the live events industry.

You will be taught, guided and assessed on the above topics over the duration of your Apprenticeship to prepare for your achievement. This will be done via tutor practical sessions and visits at the workplace from your designated assessor who will ensure you are competent in the job you are doing.

Entry requirements

To undertake this Apprenticeship you will be required to undergo an assessment with the course tutor. This is nothing to worry about! The tutor will have a conversation with you in order to assess your employability skills and your willingness to learn. They will also want to find out about any prior knowledge you may have. The assessment may include a practical task and a short workbook of basic questions about the industry.

If you do not already hold a GCSE at a grade 4-9 (A-C) or Functional Skills (level 1-2) in English and maths then you will be asked to complete a short assessment to determine what level you are currently working at. The results from this, combined with your tutor meeting, will ascertain whether we will be able to accept you onto an Apprenticeship and work with you to find an employer to begin your learning journey.

Assessments/Exams

In order to achieve your Apprenticeship you will need to complete an end-point assessment. The end-point assessment is the name given to a series of tests you must take to prove your ability to do the job you have been training for. These tests take place at the end of the Apprenticeship following a period of training and development.

The end-point assessment process will take place during the final three months of the Apprenticeship and consists of three assessment methods: multiple choice test, a practical observation and a final review interview supported by the apprentice’s evidence portfolio.

What's next?

On completion of the Apprenticeship, the individual will be recognised as competent to perform in the role of a live event technician across the sector. This will be achieved by passing the end-point assessment.

Important information

By applying for this position you will go through the College’s assessment procedure and once successful, you will be assigned a Business Engagement Officer who will guide you into employment by supporting you to find the best-suited workplace.

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