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Sparq teams up to offer first of its kind apprenticeship scheme

We have teamed up with Middlesbrough College as part of the institute’s new AV apprenticeship scheme, in a bid to attract more budding AV technicians to the industry.

We’ve signed up as an official provider of the first of its kind standard, which will offer students the opportunity to earn a foundation degree in Audiovisual Technology, whilst also qualifying as an Audiovisual Technician apprentice. The two-year scheme will equip students with all the technical skills they require to successfully deliver a range of events, while nurturing the talents of the next generation of AV Technicians.

From lighting and sound right through to post-production, networking, and equipment maintenance, students will have the chance to study all areas of AV through a mix of online learning and in-person training. For 80% of the course, the apprentices will have the opportunity to experience the thrill of events, working alongside our team day to day onsite and at its hub in Leeds, with 20% dedicated to remote learning.

Approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education in the UK, the training will formally begin in September, but we’re calling on apprentices to apply early as training spaces with the technical event production specialist will be limited.

Elliott Moores, Head of Sparq, explained: “The AV industry and more specifically, technical event production, is an exciting and rewarding career option, however it is still a relatively niche specialism. The fact the scheme teaches apprentices about all areas of AV production is invaluable, and really ensures they’re set up for supporting with every aspect of the event journey.

“Many members of our team have worked with us for over a decade and love the buzz and thrill of the event environment, not to mention the opportunity to work on some incredible shows in the UK and internationally.”

Jack Laidlaw, programme leader of Middlesbrough College, explained: “The Audiovisual Technician apprenticeship standard has been 4 years in the making, a large group of AV employers have been involved at every stage, including Sparq, to assure the validity of the course content. The programme we use to deliver the training for AV apprentices is a part-time, online Foundation Degree in Audiovisual Technology, validated by the Open University.

“This means that successful individuals will qualify as AV apprentices and get a Foundation Degree without paying any course fees, which is a fantastic outcome! We were the first provider in the UK to run an Audiovisual Technology degree programme, and we’re excited to continue the good work with the apprenticeship to ensure the future of the AV workforce.”

For more information about the apprenticeship or to apply, please contact or call 0370 606 1100.