First apprentices nationally to achieve the new ‘Creative Venue Technician’ apprenticeship

 24 June 2019

Creative & Cultural Skills worked with Occupational Awards Limited (OAL) to develop the new ‘Creative Venue Technician’ apprenticeship standard. Six apprentices are now celebrating after successfully completing this course while working for White Light Ltd.

Delivered by National College Creative Industries (NCCI) and end-point assessed by OAL, this apprenticeship is designed to prepare workers to support the technical operation in a variety of established creative venues, for example, theatres, arts centres and broadcast studios.

White Light Ltd Health & Safety and Workforce Development Director, Chris Nicholls, said:

“We are extremely proud that six of our apprentices have recently completed the new Level 3 Creative Venue Technician apprenticeship. White Light Ltd was the first company in the UK to offer this standard and we were also an integral part of the trailblazer group responsible for the creation of this apprenticeship.

The apprenticeship provides the skills and hands-on experience required to succeed in this industry

“The apprenticeship provides the skills and hands-on experience required to succeed in this industry – something I’m pleased to say they now all have in abundance”.

Creative & Cultural Skills Programme Director for England, Sara Whybrew said: “Developing this apprenticeship was a direct response to this skills shortage, alongside the need to replace the outgoing Technical Theatre framework with a more current apprenticeship offer.”

Sara added that OAL played a pivotal role in establishing the apprenticeship. “OAL’s role in providing end point assessment (EPA) for the Creative Venue Technician standard has made its delivery possible. OAL has been open to listening to the needs of the industry and consulting with them via Creative & Cultural Skills to ensure the EPA offer is relevant and respected by the performing arts and live events sectors.”


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