Remember the last concert you attended? Or that amazing summer festival where it only rained for two of the three days? Maybe you attended a conference recently which had a speaker who fundamentally changed the way you look at the world? All these events required planning, organising, promoting, setting-up, managing, and then, when finished, cleaned-up and packed away.
The Live Events Industry in the UK
Shows and events is a £50 billion industry in the UK which encompasses everything from conferences and meetings through to exhibitions, corporate hospitality and cultural or sporting events. And it’s a growth sector with many opportunities for young people as employers claim to have problems with recruitment because of candidates’ lack of experience or certain specialist skills.
The Classic Live Events and Promotion Apprenticeship Framework
This framework has been the established apprentice route for those seeking to build a career in this industry. It is part of the ‘Arts, media and publishing’ category as defined by the Skills Funding Agency.
It offers training in administrative and support roles and is available at two levels: Intermediate and Advanced.
Typical job roles are:
- Venue and stage crew support
- Assistant to booking agents
- Event promotions and PR
- Project / Production management
Three New Trailblazer Apprenticeships
In addition to this well-established route have been added some employer-led apprenticeship standards. One focuses on the admin and planning side of things, but the other two are for those who want to get stuck into the physical staging of events and shows.
Live Event Rigger – Installing the infrastructure for the scenic, lighting, sound and audio-visual elements of a live event. The course will also include Level 2 certification from Professional Lighting and Sound Association (PLASA).
Live Event Technician - Preparation and set-up of technical equipment for events with a choice of ultimately specialising in sound, lighting or video. This is a level 3 apprenticeship and the skills and knowledge gained could lead to a variety of roles from on-site Technician to in-house Project Manager.
Event Assistant – Described as an ‘entry level’ position, this apprenticeship would see you supporting the work of Event Planners or Project Managers by carrying out a diverse range of tasks necessary to plan, organise and deliver an event.
Find your role
If this exciting and rewarding industry is where you can see yourself building a career then take the first step by researching vacancies on this site here: Events Management