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Apprentice Creative Venue Technician - Viva Youth Theatre



17th November 2020

Employer Description

Viva was founded in 1997 and is an award-winning arts and community charity based in the Fenland market town of Soham in East Cambridgeshire. We create exciting arts, cultural and community-based opportunities for the local community to participate, learn, achieve and enjoy. 

We are very pleased to announce that a new and exciting paid apprenticeship positions at Viva, Soham are open for applications. This apprenticeship will give you  the opportunity to work for Viva in a paid capacity between the new Viva Theatre and Office on a variety of Viva projects, performances and events.

The apprenticeship comes with a package of paid training and a Level 3 qualification via the National College of Creative Industries

About the role

Are you a superstar live/creative events tech enthusiast who wants to gain further practical experience, a recognised qualification and a way into the arts industry while getting paid?

If so, then this is the apprenticeship for you! You will be working within a dynamic and busy arts charity planning, setting up, running and striking a diverse range of events, projects and performances both within our brand-new venue and other venues. 

The role of an Apprentice Creative Venue Technician will work within the small team at Viva Arts and Community Group helping to run The Viva Theatre and our other activities. 

Key responsibilities will include:

Assist in maintenance of theatre lighting and sound equipment ensuring electrical and physical safety within the theatre
Assist in setting up the theatre for in-coming professional and community performances and dismantle afterwards
Work with incoming and resident companies to provide technical, staging and sound assistance
Work on all get ins and get outs
Work with the general manager to provide technical assistance for venue hirers
Assist in presentations of NT Live screenings and film club
Maintain technical interpretation equipment in the foyer
Design, programme and operate sound and lighting for Viva productions and events
Assist in working with and advising Viva technical volunteers
Assist and deputise (if necessary) for Viva volunteers in managing lighting for performances
Assist in set building and prop making

Hours of work

30 hrs/week split across Monday to Sunday depending on events planned each week

Requirements and prospects
Desired skills

Experience working on live events including theatre (plays and musicals)
Strong, proven experience and/or qualification in sound and lighting design
Experience of rigging and operating theatre and event sound and lighting
Excellent working knowledge of IT including projector set-up, PowerPoint presentations and specific theatre industry operating and design programs
Up to date knowledge of lighting systems, control apparatus, equipment and its maintenance
Up to date knowledge of digital audio and audio-visual equipment and its use in relation to live, recorded and play-back techniques
Experience in implementing health and safety requirements and risk assessments
Experience and confident working at height
Basic carpentry skills
Possession of a full clean driving licence (due to the nature of the role and travelling to different venues)

Personal qualities
Love of theatre and the arts
Excellent interpersonal skills, able to communicate clearly and consistently with all theatre and event space users, especially non-technical users
Highly organised with successful experience in meeting deadlines and managing conflicting priorities
Confident in manual-handling/heavy lifting of theatre equipment, climbing ladders etc. and able to do so safely
Confident in working independently but also willing to collaborate across many departments
Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and some weekends
Empathy with the aims and ethos of the charity

Desired qualifications
5 GCSEs grade 9-4/A*-C or equivalent including maths and English
A Level or BTEC Level 3 in relevant subject (e.g. Electrical Engineering) or equivalent in work experience

Future prospects
This role will give the experience required to gain employment as a theatre or venue technician. The charity may also be able to help with contacts which may lead to employment following the apprenticeship.

Things to consider
This role will involve unsociable hours and irregular working patterns. It is also physically challenging and can be pressured. 

Enhanced DBS check may be required. 

Closing Date

The closing date for this job offer is on 24/11/2020


£240 per week


This job is located in Soham, Ely, Cambs

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