Orbital Sound partners with Skills Academy

Two apprentices will be joining the PA hire company for a year, beginning this summer, as part of an initiative to help “professionalise” the hiring process in the entertainment industry, writes Erica Basnicki.
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Orbital Sound has partnered with the National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural and taken on two apprentices this summer: Becky Felton (pictured, right) and Jay Dodds.
Adam Thorneycroft (pictured, left), Orbital’s head of engineering, is managing the initiative: “Given the current climate, we wanted to take some positive steps to keep people interested in working in the entertainment industry. I looked around at a number of options before pitching the Skills Academy scheme to the Orbital directors, on the basis that the apprenticeship scheme is a fantastic step forward that works for both the apprentices and us as a company. The more I looked into it, the more we could see that this was the obvious way forward – thanks to the help available from both the Skills Academy and the government. Although the apprentices are only with us for a year at a time, we hope this will be become a long-term relationship with the Skills Academy that will last for many years.” Each apprentice will follow a structured one-year programme, spending time in each department with a bias towards engineering, while also pursuing their general studies once a week at Lewisham College. Each apprentice will be paired with Orbital’s full-time engineers, learning everything from basic operations to fault-finding and repairs of sound equipment. “We are working to achieve a real culture shift within the business, professionalising the whole recruitment process and getting away from the “who you know” way into a job,” said Paul Marijetic from the Skills Academy. "The great thing in the rental and production sectors is that the apprentices can be productive from day one – giving their sponsors a genuine return on investment from the outset and providing the apprentice with a great learning environment.” www.orbitalsound.com



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