Live Event Rigger

Live Event Rigger

On a live event rigger apprenticeship course, you’ll help install infrastructure for a live event’s scenic, lighting, sound and audio-visual elements.

A live event rigger is someone who safely and technically erects the stage, lighting, sound, and audio-visual components of a live event. As an apprentice, you will work on indoor and outdoor events, often at a rapid pace and under pressure.

You’ll gain the skills and knowledge required to set up for exhibitions, conferences, concerts, sports, and other events, often on your own initiative but occasionally under the supervision of a superior.

In-depth knowledge and the competence to operate and inspect rigging equipment, notably lifting equipment, structural systems, and required auxiliary equipment, are essential. 

You’ll be able to perform and document risk assessments, follow safe work practices, and identify and mitigate risks.

What you’ll learn

On an abattoir worker apprenticeship course, you’ll learn to:

  • Follow the safe work method statements.
  • Carry out work duties safely to avoid creating potentially hazardous situations.
  • Use tools and equipment safely, according to all rules, regulations, and instructions.
  • Follow manual handling procedures, record accidents, and wear personal protective equipment.
  • Show how you respond in an emergency and how you handle problems.
  • Show how you operate securely, follow security procedures, and handle security breaches.
  • Demonstrate their ability to perform and document risk assessments and safe work procedures.
  • Perform rigging activities before an event.
  • Select and use the appropriate lifting equipment and accessories.
  • Inform people about your rigging intentions, the safeguards that must be taken, and the action that must be taken.
  • Recognize the value of venue permissions.
  • Perform rigging activities before an event.
  • Select and use the appropriate lifting equipment and accessories.
  • Learn about the laws, control hierarchy, risk assessments, specific hazards and risks, site appraisal, and rescue techniques.
  • Use proper access techniques, best practices, and personal fall protection equipment (PFPS).
  • Find anchor points and their appropriateness for usage.
  • Correctly use and store PFPS, and maintain and inspect equipment while not in use.
  • Effectively communicate with the Rigging Supervisor.
  • Use proper rigging terminology.
  • Use a variety of communication methods.
  • Work closely with your colleagues and your line manager.
  • Be cooperative and helpful in the job. Share and disseminate information to colleagues to keep them up to speed on current events and problems.
  • Motivate and cultivate connections.
  • Improve one’s expertise regularly.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • Aged 18 or over and physically fit, and have three GCSEs in maths, English and science, as well as basic ICT skills.
  • Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this before taking the end-point assessment.

Assessment methods

The End Point Assessment comprises two distinct assessment methods: 

  • Observation 
  • CPD / Portfolio of Behaviour

Duration, level, subjects and potential salary upon completion

  • Duration: 36 months
  • Level: 3 – Advanced Apprenticeship
  • Relevant school subjects: PE and music
  • Potential salary upon completion: £25,000 per annum

Apprenticeship standard

More information about the Level 3 Live Event Rigger Apprenticeship standard can be found here.

Apprenticeship end point assessment

For more information about the End Point Assessment Process, please read the Institute of Apprenticeships’ information page.

Updated on January 24, 2024

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