Backstage Academy students seek work placements

UK Backstage Academy students are currently confirming work placements for the summer season and invite employers to get in touch if they need extra skilled people to support existing crew teams.

The students, who are half way through the Academy’s 16-month FdA Live Events Production, are available to work in June, July and August and are seeking either ad hoc events work or three-month placements.

Most students have already gained experience at live events in a variety of backstage roles and all have completed modules in Introduction to Working in Live Events Production, Concept Design & Presentation, Staging, Live Sound, Lighting and Live Visuals.

Backstage Academy Work Placement Manager David Hughes said: “We place a real emphasis on practical experience and employability on this course which is why our students have over three months of industry placements to complete. “We’d like to work with companies again this year who are able to offer valuable experience to our students in a range of roles.”

The Academy was set up on 15th July 2009 with the aim of doing things differently. The vision was to create an industry-led training centre that brought together the best expertise from the world of production and education, to deliver relevant, quality and practical courses. Projected growth in the UK live music industry and predicted shortfall in sector skills, together with a passion for changing the way vocational courses are delivered to students, inspired a small team of like-minded industry practitioners and educators to stop talking about making a difference and actually get up and do it.