As part of its plans to introduce new talent to the industry, Hertfordshire-based Rigging Team has launched its Entertainment Rigger Training Scheme.
Trainees will be provided with the necessary skills, knowledge, experience and confidence to enable them to undertake the role of an Entertainment Rigger and to achieve their National Rigging Certificate (NRC) Level 2 during the 30-month programme.
Adam Searle, Managing Director at Rigging Team, said: “We’re always eager to invest in what will be the next generation of people in our industry. Rigging Team is passionate about providing opportunities for young people and actively works to inspire individuals to not only exemplify our company values, but also to recognise and achieve their full potential.”
Jake Field, the first trainee hired for the scheme, said: “Having begun my training earlier this month, I’m looking forward to developing my experience and knowledge. I’m excited to be able to utilise my core skills and interests and am confident that Rigging Team is the best environment for me to further my career in rigging.”
The initiative has been introduced as part of Rigging Team’s long-term aim of developing new talent, particularly during what is a severe skills shortage within the industry.
The trainees will begin in the warehouse, familiarising themselves with the basics of rigging equipment and operations, then progress through the various departments before graduating to working independently on site as part of the team.
In addition to the foundations of rigging, the candidates will be given additional training in skills such as show automation, work at height and inspection of lifting equipment.
Upon completion, the trainees may be offered an opportunity to extend their training to gain further experience and skills in order to work towards their NRC Level 3.
Founded in 2010, Rigging Team works internationally, providing rigging and professional services to the live events, TV and film industries.