Britannia Row Training launches online learning
Wednesday, 2 June 2021
brit-rowThe online courses are designed to prepare students to go into entry-level jobs
UK - Britannia Row Productions Training (BRPT) has launched its Live Sound Fundamentals and Live Sound Intermediate courses online with 145 newly produced video lectures at www.britanniarowtraining.com.
Created after receiving an Arts Council England Culture Recovery Grant, the new online delivery platform offers video lectures, course notes, quizzes and optional exams together with learner support that the live sound specialist hopes will generate a more accessible gateway into the professional audio industry.
BRPT managing director, Mike Lowe, states: “We anticipated having to wait for some semblance of post-pandemic normality before continuing our programmes in live sound, however, being awarded a Culture Recovery Grant was an amazing development. It has provided work and much-needed income for the sound engineers, technicians, camera ops, video directors and editors who have produced our online courses.”
The coming months could see the return of largescale festivals and concerts in the UK, yet this will bring about challenges. The live industry as a whole faces concerns over retaining skilled workers to meet future demands.
Lowe continues: “In any normal year, a certain amount of production workers will retire or slow down. This ‘shrinkage’ has been exacerbated during the pandemic as many workers have now retrained and left the industry indefinitely. By the time the industry will be able to secure consistent work, the stream of young people coming in through education or carving out early career experience will have been broken by two years.
“It is our hope that the BRPT online courses will provide a solution to the potential looming shortage of young people with the right skills and knowledge the events industry will need to re-enter the live sound industry. For people considering a career in concert and event audio, there has never been a better time to invest in acquiring the necessary skills and knowledge.”
The online courses are designed to prepare students to go into entry-level jobs and begin to gain practical experience with sound rental companies and music venues.
A positive element of digital learning is its accessibility to a wider range of students.
While the industry enters recovery, students can set their own pace and fit the courses in around any current work or lifestyle, regardless of their location.
“Many of BRPT’s previous alumni are from global territories, and as the digital realm takes hold, the financial savings for travel to and accommodation around London is significant. Plus, visa issues are eradicated, and the courses remain Covid-safe. Our courses can be done in a matter of weeks or can be studied over many months, and the online lectures can be played on repeat until the learner feels confident in the subject matter, which is delivered in English.”
BRPT is also keen to welcome a new wave of live events workers. “Unlike the array of talent seen on stage, the live event production industry has always had a very high proportion of white cisgender workers. Due to this, we know that marginalised communities struggle to envision working in and becoming a part of the backstage industry. It is our desire to help bring about change and encourage a much more diverse workforce going forwards.”

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