UK-based technical solutions and video specialist Central Presentations Ltd (CPL) has invested in its first apprenticeship scheme in conjunction with Creative Alliance, and its first apprentice is 16-year-old Cameron Preussner who has joined the team at CPL for a hands-on training in ‘Technical Theatre Studies’ (TTS) for the next 12 months.
CPL’s MD, Matthew Boyse, said: “For some time we been considering the harnessing of fresh new talent at school leaver age rather than after university, with the idea that they can then grow and develop their career at CPL, which offers a diverse range of job opportunities in many specialist fields”.
CPL devised the module-based course that will incorporate all elements of TTS including audio, lighting, AV, project management, stage management and administration, to offer a basic overview and general training in the many areas of CPL’s business.
The decision behind this, Boyse explained, is: “The idea of giving a properly grounded knowledge and fully practical understanding of the workplace and all the technical and creative elements involved. Everything from the distinctly unglamorous tasks like loading trucks and coiling cables in the warehouse, right up to the more exciting areas like designing, programming and operating equipment at shows and events”.
Boyse added: “If this is successful, we will look at doing it again. We are obviously interested in developing a proper recognised qualification and moving forward, expanding the number of young people in the company and training an upcoming generation of technicians, engineers and creatives, all sharing our core values and dedication to excellence and the best service.”