Creative Venue Technician Apprenticeship Level 3 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

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This apprenticeship is for individuals who are keen to gain employment in the production, entertainment, cultural events management industry or currently working in the sector. It is suitable for those with various skills and a keen interest in the live events, theatre or live sound/lighting industries. You will need to enjoy working in a practical way and within a team.

Areas covered are;

Understanding the Industry

  • Budgets and financial management
  • Effective communication with co-workers and work groups
  • Relevant industry bodies and their roles eg. HSE, ABTT, BECTU
  • The history, styles, architecture, terminology and acoustics of creative venues


  • Prepare risk assessments and method statements to help ensure safe planning and delivery of work processes in the venue.
  • Prepare and interpret system specifications eg. ground plans, lighting plans and design drawings.
  • Prepare written information and reports eg. cue sheets, post-performance reports, handover notes.
  • Environmental and sustainability protocols eg. correct disposal of different lamp types and electronic equipment, reduction in use of PVC products.
  • Approaches to problem solving to achieve the creative team’s requirements within the appropriate venue or production’s resources.

Production Processes, Performance and Maintenance

  • Operate hand and power tools safely eg. podger, adjustable spanner, drill driver and jigsaw.
  • Programme and operate computerised control equipment eg. lighting, sound and automation control desks.
  • Set and change scenes in live performance eg. setting and striking scenic elements under show conditions.
  • The properties of electricity, fixed and temporary electrical systems; theory, practice and safety eg. to enable portable appliance testing of relevant technical equipment.
  • The properties of mechanical and electro-mechanical systems eg. to enable the assembly and monitoring of hydraulic systems for scenic effect.
  • Lifting operations; theory and practice eg. to enable monitoring of a lifting operation in compliance with LOLER such as performer flying.

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 our qualification. One day a week you will work on your college course work (with support from your Assessor) gaining the underpinning knowledge required.

You can start this apprenticeship at any time of year.

Click here to view the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education Standard for this course.

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed by practical observations with questioning, assignments, production records (presenting examples from your job role) and discussions.

You will undertake an End Point Assessment by an external organisation where there will be an observation and professional discussion to determine the overall grade. Your Assessor will obtain evidence that you meet the required standards throughout your training and are prepared for the assessment.

Functional Skills in maths and English are required at Level 2 (exemption may apply).

Progression Options

On successful completion you could find full-time employment or apply to university.

Course Summary

Course Title Creative Venue Technician Apprenticeship Level 3
Entry Requirements

You need GCSE grades C/4 and above in maths and English, and interest or
experience in the area. Entry is subject to a successful interview and you will
sit an initial assessment in maths and English,

You will also need a suitable employer able and willing to support you during
your apprenticeship.

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I’ve gained so much confidence and I know this is what I want to do in the future. It’s an outstanding course and I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to go into the performing arts industry, it prepares you and makes you feel ready for the next step.

Harriet Cameron - Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts

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