Britannia Row Productions Training Ltd welcomed the first intake of students to its Training Centre in Wandsworth this week. Trainees on the first ‘Live Sound Technology Course’, which began on Monday 1 July, are from the UK, USA and Portugal.
The intensive, full-time, three-month course is the “first of its kind” claims BRP Training, and has been designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge required to take up immediate employment as sound technicians in the industry.
BRP Training’s managing director, Matthias Postel, explains: “Britannia Row, the live sound company behind BRP Training, along with other companies and venues, have been disillusioned with the level of knowledge that new entrants have in this sector. There are limited opportunities to train for live sound, and existing courses have little practical or industry input. We know what it takes to produce world-class audio for live events and we know what technical, creative and personal skills are necessary for the successful sound technician.
“As well as receiving full core technical training in all aspects of live sound, our trainees will be versed in such aspects as health and safety, show procedures, customs documentation and even how to set up as and be in business as a freelancer for those who may chose that path in the future’.
Course director Barry Bartlett and his colleagues at Brit Row have designed and written the curriculum content, drawn from the rental house’s own apprenticeship programme. Qualifying trainees at the end of each course will be awarded a Certificate in Live Sound Technology. The highest achiever from each intake is guaranteed the offer of 12 months paid work with Brit Row.
The second Live Sound Technology Course starts in October 2013 and costs £6,000 including VAT.