Blackout First in Trailblazer Double

Blackout has appointed the event industry’s first Trailblazer Live Event Rigging apprentices, with a double appointment. The drapes and rigging specialists welcome Roisin McClearn and Bridie Lane to its team.

The Trailblazer Live Event Rigging Apprenticeship, part of the governments’ Trailblazer scheme encouraging three million new apprentices by 2020, was launched by the National Rigging Advisory Group (NRAG) in September to provide formal training to new recruits, supporting them beyond the National Rigging Certificate Level 2, and to plug the gap in trainee numbers to fill increasing demand throughout the rigging industry.

Blackout selected McClearn and Lane from over 70 applicants, to become the first individuals in the UK to embark on this groundbreaking events industry training. The two apprentices have been 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.