AV1 launches new skills training program

AV1 and City Recital Hall are taking part in a pilot program for Live Production traineeships.
L-R) Alyce Kelly AV1, Keith Wootton AV1, Max Wilson ACFIPS, Tim Cramsie AV1

AV1 and City Recital Hall are taking part in a pilot program for Live Production traineeships.

The new program aims to streamline and expedite the hiring, training and certification of technical workers for live events in NSW.

The pilot program will be offered in Sydney initially, then rolled out across NSW in 2018. Opportunities have already been posted on Seek.

The program, that launched this month, was devised in consultation with the Arts Communications Finance Industries and Property Services Industry Training Advisory Body (ACFIPS ITAB), whereby ArtsReady recruits the applicants and TAFE NSW provide the traineeships for employers such as AV1 and City Recital Hall.

AV1 and City Recital Hall are working closely with TAFE NSW and ArtsReady to ensure that training package units match the needs of the workplace environment.

With the recent opening of the new International Convention Centre Sydney and an increase in technically demanding events, there has been a demonstrated shortage of skilled live production technicians. The growth in the use of technology in events and performance has exacerbated this shortage.

AV1 and City Recital Hall will take on trainees for a 12 month period to maximise their learning opportunity.

Unlike other TAFE NSW supported traineeship programs that have recently launched, these new Live Production traineeships will specifically target individuals with a keen interest in the industry looking to gain an accelerated entry into the profession.

ACFIPS Chair Tim Cramsie said that the shortage situation should start to improve now that action was being taken.

Cramsie says, “Live production technicians often have to employ their knowledge and skills in front of hundreds or thousands of people in a performance environment. Prospective employers are looking to a workplace traineeship to provide the assurance that technical skills have been assessed as performance ready in a real-world setting.

“The trainee pilot program has been developed to provide on-the-job training, mentoring and support for the skilled live production technicians of the future,” he said.



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