A collective of industry professionals has established Event Crew Training to improve entry-level training for crew. The initial offering, Event Crew Essentials, is an online course.
The collective identified that post-pandemic, there would be a need to recruit a large volume of new and inexperienced crew, and they shared a view that the existing training was not fit for purpose. They saw the period of stagnation created by COVID-19 as an opportunity to create an online portal that would not only provide the required training, but give trainees sufficient knowledge to feel comfortable in their new working environment.
The Event Crew Training portal is designed to be a new benchmark for entry-level crew and technicians looking to start a career in the events industry. The Event Crew Essentials course covers topics including understanding stages, live event jargon, departmental load in and load outs, health and safety and manual handling – providing participants with practical knowledge. The aim is to ensure essential elements are addressed, thus elevating the standard of health and safety in the workplace and enabling crew companies to meet legal compliance.
Event Crew Essentials takes approximately 90 minutes to complete and costs crewing companies £20 per access token. One token provides training for one member of crew.
The Event Crew Training team believes this training will establish an important foundation for the live events industry. They say for it to become a universal standard, the course has to be as accessible as possible, and to help sustain that they are looking for financial support from industry peers. With plans for further expansion and additional courses in the coming months, the team explained that all donations will go directly into developing training and resources.
Event Crew Training is a not-for-profit limited company founded by Base Crew, DNG Production & Event Crew, The Music Consortium, Outsource Staffing Solutions, Rule Out Load Management, and Safe Show.