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NRAG Prepares for Summer 2016 Trailblazer Apprenticeships

Following government approval of 59 group standards for Trailblazer apprenticeships earlier this year, the Live Event Rigger working group has lead the way in further developing the initiative to help more youngsters embark on careers in the live events industry. Employers who have supported the standard of the Live Event Rigger have been developing the apprenticeship over the past year.

An Assessment Plan has been designed by key industry representatives, including Blackout, all members of NRAG (National Rigging Advisory Group), helping to meet existing business needs in terms of knowledge, skills and behaviours. NRAG agreed the range of assessment methods, grading and the requirements for professional body recognition.

Topics covered throughout the Trailblazer apprenticeship are General Health & Safety, Work Methods, Rigging Skills & Techniques, Working at Height, Team Working & Communication. The apprenticeship combines all elements, to develop the apprentice’s capability to undertake the role safely and adequately, maintaining best practice to industry standards. After having achieved NRC Level 2 (National Rigging Certificate) after approximately 30 months, the individual will spend the next six months working towards attaining a level 3 apprenticeship. The end assessment incorporates a mixture of practical, portfolio and interview.

Adelaide Johannsen, Blackout’s HR Manager commented “We helped identify the industry-wide requirement for a structured development plan for those deciding on a career in live event rigging. It is extremely encouraging to see the progress made since the creation of our working group. With the Assessment Plan approved, we are delighted to be among the rigging companies moving even closer to taking on the first round of Trailblazer apprentices next summer.”

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