Location: ICC Wales, Newport
International Convention Centre Wales in partnership with Wales Millennium Centre.
About Wales Millennium Centre (WMC)
As one of the UK’s most iconic and celebrated arts venues, part of WMC’s success story is down to a commitment to giving people the opportunity to develop and thrive.
We do this by supporting emerging Welsh talent with life-changing learning experiences, practical workshops, and technical apprenticeships. We have apprentices based here at the centre, but also at partner organisations across Wales, these include the Welsh National Opera, Theatr Brycheiniog, Theatr Clywd, Aberystwyth Arts Centre and now ICC Wales in Newport.
Our current apprentices have recently completed placements on visiting touring productions like Les Misérables, Blood Brothers and Charlie & The Chocolate Factory to name a few. They have also supported a number of self-produced shows such as Es & Flo and The Making Of A Monster.
For more about the apprentice scheme click here.
About ICC Wales, Newport
Opened in 2019 ICC Wales is fast becoming one of the UK’s leading conference, exhibition, and entertainment centres welcoming thousands of regional, national, and international visitors each year. Our Technical Services department has quickly developed an excellent reputation for audio visual and technical event services as well as exceptional service.
With a 1500 seat auditorium and 4,000sqm pillar free, multi-use space complete with sophisticated rigging infrastructure, along with a further seven meeting rooms, there is ample scope for a technical apprentice to develop their rigging, lighting, sound, video, and staging skills.
About the Role and Responsibilities at ICC Wales
The Technical Apprentice contract of employment is with Wales Millennium Centre with their usual place of work at ICC Wales.
Technicians play a vital role in delivering live events and performances, ensuring each one is produced to the highest possible standard. The primary purpose of this role is to develop specialised and transferable skills in areas specific to stage craft, lighting, sound and video display for conference, exhibition, and live entertainment, for those at the start of their technical careers.
On a day-to-day basis you will be reporting to an ICC Wales Technical Services Manager, who will integrate you into the wider technical department, placing you on a number of projects for you to discover and practice your niche. You will also report to the WMC Apprentice & Training Coordinator at WMC, who oversees the apprentice programme to ensure that individuals hit their practical and assessment targets – created with their tutor from Cardiff & Vale College. The coordinator is also responsible for your professional training schedule which will include trips away from base.
Over the 12-months, you will have completed the ABTT Bronze Award along with a PAT Testing & IPAF qualification and will undertake a rigging, lighting and sound professional workshop. You will also attend a trade show in the Spring/Summer. Though subject to training schedules, successful applicants should expect to work on national and international conferences as well as light entertainment and ICC Wales’ production of Cinderella on Ice. There will also be opportunities to gain experience of working on visiting touring productions at WMC.
Applicants will need to be available for Induction Week on the W/C October 2nd.
The working hours of an apprentice slightly vary from week-to-week, it really depends on the demands of the production they are working on. We must highlight that this is not a 9-5 role, therefore we encourage applicants to really think hard about whether this type of work is suitable for them should this be of conflict. We also encourage you to think about your travelling arrangements and whether it is feasible/viable for you at this point.
The criteria in which you will be evaluated on is relatively fluid. However, we do expect you to provide evidence of your understanding of backstage technical theatre and what areas specifically is of interest to you and why. You will need to show that you are able to learn or display good interpersonal and communication skills, as you will be working within a large organisation with people from differing backgrounds, viewpoints, and identities.
Finally, you ought to display evidence of a good attitude and willingness towards professional working, learning new skills, and progression of coursework.
What’s in it for you?
- 33 days of annual leave including bank holidays, plus the opportunity to buy or sell up to 5 days annual leave each year
- 8% Company contributed pension (for your 3% contribution)
- Enhanced maternity, paternity, adoption, and shared parental leave (subject to length of service)
- Health cash plan: receive money towards dental and optical care, complimentary treatments such as chiropractic, osteopathic and acupuncture treatments.
- Medical Assistance membership which includes remote access to GP, counselling, and physiotherapy sessions
- Employee assistance programmes which include access to support services for legal, financial, and family concerns
- Life assurance of 4x annual salary.
- Opportunity to apply for tickets to productions
- CLWB – Our employee social group
- NEWID – our Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion networking group who meet monthly to discuss new ideas and training opportunities to improve all aspects of employment at WMC.
- Free access to learn Welsh online
- £5 all-day parking available on working and non-working days.
To apply for this role, please click here.
*Closing date 22nd August 2023.