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Talking Trailblazers: Rigging Apprentice Blog

Ever wanted to work at a place where you can reach new heights (literally), travel, and be a part of some of the most high-profile dates in the events calendar? That’s exactly the role Blackout’s latest recruits have found themselves in.

Roisin McClearn, 21, and Bridie Lane, 23, are two of the first recruits on the company’s recently-launched Trailblazer Live Event Rigging Apprenticeship.

Picked from the large group of applicants, the pair have been taking the first steps on the exciting journey to becoming qualified members of the Blackout rigging team. After waiting for their applications to be processed, both impressed senior staff throughout our selection process before being welcomed on board.

Their introduction to event rigging has seen them getting to grips with the tools of the trade and finding their way round our warehouse. Roisin, who came to Blackout with plenty of previous experience including working on lighting, loading and unloading shows and carpentry, says she’s looking forward to developing her rigging skills to secure a career in the trade.

So far she says Blackout’s team has been welcoming and taken the time to help the new arrivals learn as much as they can. “Everyone Blackout has gone out of their way to help us ease comfortably into our new roles and there is always somebody at hand for guidance,” she said.

The two apprentices are involved in every aspect of day-to-day life in the warehouse, working with drapes, seams, rigging, truck loading and unloading, stock taking, prepping for jobs and ongoing equipment maintenance.

Bridie, who came to Blackout after taking a two-year course in technical theatre, has also already had a taste of events work, with five years as a casual scenic constructor at the Royal Opera House under her belt. She was delighted to get the chance to join the Traiblazer scheme.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, so when I saw the apprenticeship advert I was thrilled,” said Bridie.

Relishing the challenge of learning new skills, Bridie says she hopes to be with Blackout for as long as possible and develop a reputation as an expert rigger.


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