It was ‘Lights, camera, action’ for the UK’s trailblazing Creative Venue Technician (CVT) apprenticeship standard recently, as six apprentices from events supplier White Light Ltd completed the UK’s first CVT End Point Assessment, carried out by OAL.

The new apprenticeship is designed to support those developing a career as technicians dedicated to providing technical support for the rehearsal, presentation, construction and removal of live performances for audience or camera. The technicians typically work across a range of venues including: business events, theatres, broadcast studios and arts centres.

White Light’s (WL’s) Health & Safety and Workforce Development Director, Chris Nicholls, said: “We are very proud to be the first employer to present our apprentices for the EPA. It has been a steep learning curve for all parties and we are looking forward to working with all stakeholders to fine-tune the process.” Chris also praised OAL’s “very helpful and collaborative approach” in planning and conducting the first EPA for the new CVT apprenticeship.

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‘Helpful and collaborative approach’

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The training provider for the OAL Level 3 CVT standard was the National College Creative Industries (NCCI). It’s Vice Principal Elaine Kelt said:

“We are very proud to be the first provider to have apprentices successfully complete the new Creative Venue Technician standard. Our industry practitioner experts ensure that the training and support provided  is of the highest quality and relevance to the creative sector, and this, in turn, contributes to successful outcomes for NCCI-supported apprentices.”

The new apprenticeship is proving popular with employers throughout the creative industries.

“It is the apprenticeship with the highest level of employer take-up at NCCI since it launched in 2018,” added Elaine.
“We expect the demand to increase as the CVT standard becomes more widely known among creative industries employers, and the benefits of having newly-trained and qualified Creative Venue Technicians starts to be felt in the industry.”

OAL played a pivotal role in establishing the apprenticeship, according to the organisation that facilitated the development of the standard – Creative & Cultural Skills. Its Programme Director for England, Sara Whybrew commented:

“OAL’s role in providing EPA for the CVT standard has made its delivery possible. OAL has been open to listening to the needs of the industry and consulting with them via Creative & Cultural Skills to ensure the EPA offer is relevant and respected by the performing arts and live events sectors.”

Independent Assessors

Lee Reddington, OAL Head of Customer Support, said the organisation was “honoured and delighted” to have been asked by Creative & Cultural Skills in 2017 to become the End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) for the CVT standard. OAL worked closely with Creative & Cultural Skills to develop assessment materials and to identify well-known and respected Independent Assessors, to carry out the assessments.

“It was clear to us that both the college, NCCI, and the employer, White Light, had committed whole-heartedly to the success of the programme and that the apprentices had put in a great deal of work to achieve their apprenticeship,” said Lee. “We feel great pride in the fact that OAL was the EPAO for the first ever CVT Apprenticeships and feel privileged to work in partnership with such great organisations as White Light, NCCI and Creative & Cultural Skills to achieve this momentous result.”