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Backstage Academy training in spotlight

UK-based event production training centre Backstage Academy has announced its new BS 7909 course.

UK-based event production training centre Backstage Academy has announced its new BS 7909 course.

The two-day course is aimed at people working in the entertainment and events industry who want to gain an understanding of temporary electrical systems.
BS 7909 standards were introduced in 2008 and are increasingly cited by venues as the minimum requirement for those working on the electrical systems to ensure compliance.

Backstage Academy technical director Gareth Welbourn, says: “With the development of new technologies in our industry, we are working in an increasingly ‘plug and play’ environment where it is easy to become complacent about electrical design.”

“Technology has developed that is robust and safe, but has the potential to be very dangerous when used incorrectly. The BS 7909 course that Backstage Academy is offering should be very appealing to all who work with such systems to understand and ensure their safe operation,” adds Welbourn.

Backstage Academy became the first training institution to exhibit at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt this year.

PR & marketing manager Rachel Esson, says: “In the first two days of the show we took enquiries for training from professionals from Taiwan, South Africa, Japan, Russia, Kenya, Switzerland, Germany and the UK.”

“Whether we speak to college tutors, venue owners or technicians, the response has been the same throughout the Prolight + Sound show; ‘We need this kind of training in our country,” adds Esson.

In other Backstage Academy news, David Hughes has been appointed work placement manager. Originally a theatre technician, Hughes began his teaching career in backstage vocational training at The Grange Arts Centre in Oldham, UK. “Many of my students have used their training and work placements to progress into leading roles within our industry,” says Hughes.