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ROLE PURPOSE: 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 Event Technicians will carry out routine and one-off technical preparation and set-up of equipment for events.​

They will have knowledge of the equipment used and the skills needed to store, pick, maintain, transport and build components into a functioning system as well as operate these systems.​

A Live Event Technician will be part of the team that turns a venue into a functioning event environment before returning the site to it’s original state, often within a short time frame.​

Outside the event environment, Technicians are responsible for the control, servicing, repair and storage of complex technical equipment, in any context working safely and ethically is paramount and many projects are carried out in fast moving, dynamic workplaces.​

Live Event Technicians will be expected to work both individually and as part of a production team. They will be able to work with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work that is undertaken. They will be proactive in finding solutions to problems and identifying areas for improving processes. The nature of this role requires that candidates are physically fit and comfortable working at height.​

The skills and knowledge acquired can lead to a variety of roles from on-site Technician to in-house Project Manager, and potentially on to the Account Managers and Production Managers of the future.​The role of an Apprentice Technician will be to train within the current structure of the organisation, experiencing every department over a 2 year period, whilst obtaining a national and industry recognised qualification. Following on from training, apprentices will have the opportunity to pursue a number of other career paths within the organisation, including in our Events team, Project coordination, Crewing, Account management or Operations. or to exit the business as a qualified freelance Technician.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES : SUMMARY OF PRINCIPLE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

•Apprentices will train in all four Main areas of the Business

OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT – Warehouse Departments, Service, Inbound & Outbound

COMMERCIAL MARKETS – Including Project coordination, Accounts Administration, CAD and Project and Planning

SUPPORT SERVICES – People Services, Crewing Services, Finance, IT and Internal Projects

EVENTS TEAM – On Site experience, Prepping jobs, collating paperwork

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 t work and remain calm and safe under pressure.​
  • A safe attitude – specifically regarding working with electricity, working at height, manual handling and noise.​
  • The ability to adapt to change with enthusiasm. ​
  • 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.​

Required Skills:​

  • Preparation, test, repair and maintenance of equipment such as Amplifiers, Speakers & Sound Control Desks; Lights, Dimmers & 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 t react to varied working environments.​
  • Computer literacy including specialist software systems such as CAD / Design and Rental Management.​
  • Understand and interpret systems 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.​
  • 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 on site.

Preferred Knowlege:​

  • Product knowledge and terminology including the theory surrounding chosen specialisms such as sound, light and video.​
  • Understand planning processes required to deliver  live event and the importance of eliminating errors that can prove costly on site.​
  • 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 on site 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.​

Entry Requirements:​
Apprentices without Level 2 English and Maths will be required to achieve this level prior to the end of the Apprenticeship. ​
Basic IT skills and a pass in a GCSE Science subject would be desirable.​

Tagged as: hybrid, on site, prep, show, working abroad

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