International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) is supporting the next generation of technical professionals with the launch of its paid Audio Visual (AV) Graduate Programme, designed to provide vocational training and development opportunities.
As part of the initiative, five graduates will gain exposure to a year of conventions and events, working across all areas of ICC Sydney’s AV and production services, including rigging, audio, lighting and vision.
ICC Sydney CEO, Geoff Donaghy, said that the venue is committed to fostering young talent; embedding new starters into the culture of ICC Sydney and seeing them play their part in delivering events.
“We believe in creating careers not simply jobs. The AV Graduate Programme is the embodiment of this approach,” said Donaghy.
Participants will work alongside ICC Sydney’s team of technical directors, project managers and operators to learn how to meet the needs of various types of events.
ICC Sydney’s director of Audio Visual Services, Brian Nash, said the annual programme will have a new intake each year and be delivered as part of ICC Sydney’s Academy of Extraordinary, which sees the venue partner with education providers and department representatives to integrate learning and accredited training into work practice for its 1,700-strong workforce. Nash said that they have received 175 applications, including from as far as Scotland.
“In 2017, more than 1,000 staff participated in close to 23,000 hours of training across 39 courses, which is enhancing our capabilities as a business to drive innovation, collaboration and engagement for our people, our clients and our visitors,” concluded Donaghy.