UK - To coincide with National Apprenticeship week, Skills Minister Nick Boles has announced that hundreds more top employers have joined the government's successful Trailblazers programme to design high quality apprenticeships in everything from renewable energy to video games. Within that group are 13 PSA member employers, led by PRG UK, who have been approved to develop an apprenticeship for Live Event Technicians - a role that, according to many employers, has not been successfully catered for by current apprenticeship models.

The Trailblazer scheme will help employers decide training content, means of delivery and methods of assessment, all designed to meet their needs and deliver relevant skills.

John McEvoy, head of production for PRG UK, said: "As suppliers to the live events industry we wholeheartedly support the idea of apprenticeships being developed by employers. Apprenticeships are an ideal route in to our sector, with on the job training allowing people to gain the skills they need to work with rapidly developing specialist technology."

Andy Lenthall, general manager of the Production Services Association commented: "Our member companies have struggled to find an apprenticeship pathway that is suited to their needs, often designing their own 'in-house' trainee scheme. The Trailblazer Programme is our opportunity to design a standard that makes those unofficial schemes official, unlocking potential funding for employers and creating opportunities for young people."

Employers contributing to the development of an apprenticeship for Live Event Technicians, alongside PRG UK, are Neg Earth, Nitelites, XL Video, Adlib Solutions, Britannia Row Productions, LS Live, Hawthorn Theatrical, Fineline Lighting, Skan PA, Entec Sound and Light, HSL Group and Wigwam Acoustics.

(Jim Evans)

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