Creative industries production technician apprenticeship

Prepare, build, set up, and operate functioning systems for creative productions.

During a creative industries production technician apprenticeship, you’ll work in places like film studios, theatres, and outdoor event areas, helping set up and manage the technology for different types of shows and events. There are three main types of jobs you could do: creative venue technician (CVT), live event technician (LET) or screen lighting technician (SLT). CVTs work mainly in theatre or arts centres and set up and handle equipment like lights and speakers for live performance. LETs prepare and manage technical gear – like sound, lighting, or video – for live events like concerts and festivals. SLTs set up lighting and power for films and TV shows, making sure everything is lit correctly to fit the scene’s needs. As a creative industries production technician apprentice, you’ll work with a team that includes directors and actors, often under the guidance of a manager. Your job will involve solving problems quickly and making sure everything works perfectly and safely. You might need to work unusual hours, including evenings and weekends. 


Duration: 24 months  

Relevant school subjects: Art, Drama, Engineering, ICT, Music, Media 

Entry requirements for the creative industries production technician apprenticeship: Varies by employer, but most theatres and venues require you to be 18 years old. A level 3 qualification in media, production, or arts-related fields are not strictly required but might help. 

Achievement upon completion: Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels 

Potential salary upon completion: £23,000 

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