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Trailblazer nails rigging assessment

Industry experts volunteer to test and fine-tune inaugural programme for industry-wide apprenticeship scheme

Pictured: a volunteer apprentice tests the event rigging scheme that will be launched under Trailblazer in September

The event industry's inaugural apprenticeship programme will launch its first assessment in September, teaching students the skill of event rigging.

The rigging programme, which has been developed by the National Rigging Advisory Group (NRAG), has been tried and tested by key leaders from Blackout, UK Rigging, RTM Rigging, PSI Production Ireland and NEC Group.

It forms the first programmes under the Trailblazer scheme, which was established by the government to encourage 3 million new apprentices by 2020. The event rigging apprenticeship offers the chance to apprentices beyond the Certificate Level 2 to a Level 3, and is hoped will fill the gap in trainee numbers to fill demand throughout the rigging industry.

Six volunteer rigging experts from Blackout and NEC Group undertook a test rigging installation last month while being observed by assessors from Mark Armstrong (RTM Riggings), Harry Box (UK Riggings), Sean Pagel (PSI Production Ireland) and Eric Porter (rigging consultant). The assessors marked the trainees against six practical units covering general health and safety, work methods rigging skills and techniques, working at height, team work and communication, and behaviours.

Blackout’s HR manager Adelaide Johannsen said: "It is testament to the hard work and commitment to the rigging industry of the NRAG members that we have successfully developed the Trailblazer Live Event Rigging apprenticeship to this point. Following the trial run in which key experts and trainees kindly gave up their time to feed back on the syllabus content, we are now in the position to ensure the course is perfected to the highest of standards for the enrolling pupils."

The trial run took place at Birmingham's Barclaycard Arena.

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