Course Information

Who is the course for?

This course is for individuals who are currently employed in the production / entertainment / cultural / events management industry or who are able to gain employment in this sector. It is suitable for young men and women with various skills and an interest in the subject. You will need to enjoy working in a practical way and within a team. You will also need to be keen to be trained and assessed at work and supported by a variety of resources.

What does the course involve?

There are many aspects of the Technical Theatre apprenticeships, including:

  • Assessing risks
  • Selecting and using safe systems for working at height
  • Getting in, fitting up and getting out
  • Preparing and assembling rigging and de-rigging
  • Developing and refining ideas for sound
  • Operating sound for a live performance in the theatre
  • Preparing and operating special effects for live performances
  • Operating sound for a live performance in the theatre
  • Running and crewing an ongoing production
  • Planning lighting requirements for a production
  • Preparing drawings to communicate designs
  • Setting up and checking sound equipment

A proportion of your study will centre upon the type of your employment and thus will vary from employer to employer.

What makes this course special?

Creative and Cultural industries are incredibly exciting and vibrant and continually growing. More and more employers are recognising the need to encourage younger people to work within the industry. This apprenticeship is designed to be flexible in terms of delivery and assessment – so that we can meet your needs and those of your employer.

Entry Requirements

You should be educated to GCSE level and you will need to complete an initial assessment either at College or in the workplace. This assessment will help us guide you to the most appropriate programme to meet your needs. You will also need a suitable employer able and willing to support you during your apprenticeship programme.

What are the assessment methods?

You are assessed on your knowledge and skills on an ongoing basis and you will obtain evidence that you can meet the required standards throughout your training. There will be tests for some of the additional qualifications, such as the Technical Certificate. You may also have to take exams in Functional Skills.

You will be appointed an Assessor who will visit you in the workplace and assess your progress. Some of these visits will provide you with evidence that you can use towards your qualification. One day a week you will work on your College course work gaining the underpinning knowledge required. You will also have access to subject specialists, based at Bridgwater & Taunton College, via our virtual learning environment.

You will be allocated a mentor in your workplace who will support you and aid your assessment.

How long is the course?

The Apprenticeship ends when you have completed all of the necessary components of the course. This normally takes approximately eighteen months although the pace of your progress will depend on you!

What are the progression options?

Upon completion of the course you will be equipped with the required skills to work in a wide range of venues. You will have also have developed a strong set of transferable skills, which can be applied in jobs in any sector. Some employers may also decide to continue your employment into a full-time contract.

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