Technician Apprenticeship

Year-long paid apprenticeship

Open Until:

Posted: 10/03/2022

To learn more about this job you can visit our info session and meet the managers and current apprentices on:

Thursday 19th Nov 5pm-6pm at the Albany

To be eligible for a position on the Apprenticeship scheme you must:

•    Be over the age of 16 and under the age of 25
•    Not have already achieved a qualification higher than a level 3 – please note we cannot accept applications from graduates
Have full residency entitlement, there must be no restrictions on your
status in the UK (all successful candidates will need to produce their
passport once a job offer is made)
•    Have GSCE A* – C in English
and Maths or the equivalent ability (all potential applicants will be
expected to complete an initial assessment at a local college)
•    These roles are based in the London Borough of Lewisham and candidates must be resident in the borough

The Apprentice’s duties will include

Work with the production team in the provision of appropriate technical
support to visiting companies, artists and in-house productions from
get-in to get-out. This includes loading/unloading, rigging and
operation of lighting, sound and AV and stage management.

2.    Act as Duty Technician as required.

Assist with routine maintenance and improvement work throughout the
Albany, including electrical works and regular testing of equipment
(e.g. PAT testing, emergency lighting)

4.    At all times to be
responsible for safe working practices of self and others within the
Albany, including safe operation of all backstage areas and instruction
of visiting artists on emergency and evacuation procedures and assisting
during an evacuation.

5.    Provide Technical Manager with regular stock checks of consumables and supplies.

What we are looking for
•    Strong desire to develop a career in technical theatre (lighting, sound, AV, stage management)

•    Ability to prioritise and work effectively in a busy and demanding environment.

•    Highly self-motivated and able to find effective solutions to practical problems.

•    Flexibility to work unsociable hours, incl. nights, weekends and Bank Holidays.

•    Physically fit, the role is practical and will include manual handling.

•    Excellent communication skills with a range of people and environments.

•    Excellent customer care skills, including people with a disability.

•    Excellent time management.

•    Knowledge of current Health & Safety legislation, and its compliance in the operation of a public building.

•    Computer literate

What you will learn

•    How a live performance venue and a technical department works
How to install, operate and maintain sound, light and AV equipment and
all aspects of making a show come to life from a technical point of view
•    How to plan, prepare and deliver great live shows
•    How to operate safely
•    How to communicate with artists, visiting theatre companies and customers

Reality Check
Everything depends on great
team work which means other technicians will rely on you to be on time,
have your areas of worked prepared and to be flexible to take on new
tasks and take instruction… it will never be boring, though.

Working in a theatre means adjusting your hours to the programme
schedule which includes weekends and late nights. In order to work an
event from start (set up, soudcheck etc) to finish (operating the show
& get out) you may have a long day. However, you really get a buzz
working on events so you may hardly notice it plus you get to see lots
of shows.

During quieter periods there is maintenance work to do which
includes equipment testing and fixing, cleaning and clearing out to get
everything ready for the next season.

Location: the Albany, Deptford
Contract Length: 12 months

Qualification: you will be working towards Technician (Technical theatre Level 2 or 3)

Days / Hours:  35 per week including release for
college; you will be expected to work flexibly, and this will include
regular (late) evenings and weekends

Start date: 11 January 2016 

Salary: £6.70 per hour

Job description: Word; .pdf

Deadline for applications: Monday 7 December, 9.00am

To apply: please apply through Lewisham Council’s website

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