Following the completion of the first Live Sound Technology course, Britannia Row Productions held an event recently to celebrate the launch of its new training centre.
The party was attended by professionals from across the industry – including representatives from Brit Row's numerous partners and visitors from the education sector – as well as the mayor of Wandsworth, Angela Graham.
Several members of the firm's management team marked the occasion by making speeches on the night, such as Britannia Row Productions director Mike Lowe, who said: “It is a vocation and to my mind, cries out for vocational guidance and training from within industry. We can open many doors. We are passionate about following through with our trainees. Their ongoing success is our success.“
Course Director Barry Bartlett was also on hand to explain the rationale behind the curriculum and course structure: “Industry relevance has been our priority in the design of this course, providing trainees with the core skills required to take up entry-level positions within the industry," he commented. "Also, its 12-week duration gives our trainees a realistic picture of the pressures and work loads experienced in the live sound environment.”
Matthias Postel, Britannia Row Productions Training managing director, added: “Professional live sound deserves dedicated training. The training and education landscape does otherwise not offer adequate, industry-based opportunities for young people to learn this specific trade.”
Brit Row also took the opportunity to announce the first recipient of the unique placement guarantee offered by the company's new Training arm. Gonçalo Lopes, the best performing graduate on the course, was given a 12-month paid position with Britannia Row Productions – "a valuable stepping stone in his future career as a live sound technician," according to the supplier.
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Picture (from left): Gonçalo Lopes, Barry Bartlett, Mike Lowe, Britannia Row Productions MD Bryan Grant, Matthias Postel and Live Sound Technology graduate Jamie Burgess. (Photo credit: Erica Basnicki)
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