Live Event Technician Apprentice (Level 3)

Overview: 

Working in a hybrid role between our projects and operations team, this entry level position will see you develop the skills required to pursue a career in the live event industry.

Starting in our state of the art warehouse you will learn how to prepare, maintain, test and repair a vast range of the latest lighting and rigging equipment. You will progress through each department to learn specific skills regarding equipment preparation and operation for each type of equipment.

Once you have gained confidence with the equipment and have shown that you have the right capability and attitude,  we will begin to assign you into a warehouse technical department or into an onsite role as a Live Event Technician. Work onsite could be anywhere across the country or even further afield as we regularly supply events in Europe and beyond.

Under the close supervision of TSL Project Managers and freelance technicians, you’ll be an important part of our workforce. You will be trusted to represent TSL on site, demonstrating that you can follow the plan and work as part of the team. You’ll be given the chance to put the skills you’ve learnt to the test whilst gaining new ones.

About the Apprenticeship:

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 lighting and rigging, 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 its 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 manual work, including the lifting and moving of complex technical equipment, is undertaken and candidates must be comfortable working at height.

The skills and knowledge acquired can lead to a variety of roles from Equipment Technician or Head of Department, to on site Technician to in-house Project Manager, and potentially on to the Account Managers & Production Managers of the future.

Behaviours you’ll demonstrate:

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 & 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 & safe under pressure.
  • A safe attitude – specifically regarding working with electricity, work at height, manual handling & 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 you’ll learn:

  • Preparation, test, repair and maintenance of equipment such as Cable, Lights, Dimmers, Rigging equipment & Lighting Control Desks 
  • Assembly of systems from component parts. 
  • Fault finding in components and systems. 
  • Operation of specialised technical equipment & tools. 
  • People management and Interpersonal skills especially the ability to react to varied working environments.
  • Computer literacy including Rental and Test Management. 
  • Understand and interpret system specifications and drawings. 
  • Logistics, with specific reference to truck pack, the ability to judge required space for loads, 
  • Customer Service – dealing politely & respectfully with customers, ranging from Account Managers to Production Managers to the end client when on site. 

Knowledge you’ll gain:

  • Product knowledge and terminology 
  • Understand planning processes required to deliver a 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 & Safety including manual handling, work at height, noise, working hours & 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. 

Duration: Typical duration of 30-months subject to other factors including previous experience.

Entry and Skill Requirements: 

  • Apprentices without Level 2 English & 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.
  • Good communication / interpersonal skills.
  • Good verbal communication
  • Be punctual and reliable.
  • Be a team player and able to demonstrate initiative.
  • Good attention to detail.
  • Organised.
  • Be able to undertake manual work, including the lifting of complex technical equipment
  • Be comfortable with working at height
  • Some knowledge of the event industry and/or lighting is desirable but not essential.

To apply for this role, please head to: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeship/-686734