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Prepare and set up technical equipment for a range of events

Live event technicians prepare and set up technical equipment for concerts, festivals, theatrical performances, exhibitions, conferences, product launches and showcases. Ultimately specialising in sound, lighting or video, during the live event technician apprenticeship you’ll carry out routine and one-off technical preparation and set-up of equipment for events. You’ll develop 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. You’ll 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 of the event environment, you’ll be responsible for the control, servicing, repair and storage of complex technical equipment. You’ll need to be a good team player, with the ability to remain calm and safe under pressure and a willingness to work unsocial hours. The skills and knowledge acquired can lead to a variety of roles from on site technician to in-house project manager, and potentially on to the account managers and production managers of the future.


Duration: 30 months

Relevant school subjects: ICT, DT, Science

Entry requirements for the live event technician apprenticeship: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent. Basic IT skills and a pass in a GCSE Science subject would be desirable.

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

Potential salary upon completion: £25,000 per annum

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