Course Type: Part Time,Apprenticeship

Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Live Events and Promotions

The Live Events and Promotion Apprenticeship has been designed with the help of employers to widen the pool of potential recruits into the industry. Creative & Cultural Skills (the creative sector skills council) has developed this apprenticeship framework in partnership with key stakeholders; employers, training providers and also awarding organisations. The steering group included the following employers:

•Live Nation

•Access to Music

•British Music Experience

•Crew Class

•Rock School Club Harwich

•Stage Technologies Attitude is Everything

•Production Services Association (PSA)

As employers are keen to increase the level of work based learning in order to change the culture of graduate recruitment to the Industry, they have helped to design the qualifications in this Level 3 Apprenticeship programme to ensure that it meets their current and future skills needs.

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme under an Apprenticeship Agreement designed by employers in the sector. It allows employers to develop a talented workforce with technical knowledge and real practical experience, along with functional and personal skills, required for the immediate job role and future career.

Skills are developed through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off the job training and the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context.

Apprenticeship Content


  • Competence Based Qualification in Live Events and Promotion
  • Technical Certificate in the Principles of the Creative and Cultural Sector
  • Maths
  • English
  • ICT Functional Skills Level 2.

Skills Development

This apprenticeship develops all the common skills and knowledge required in all aspects of putting on a show or event, including:

  • administrative and/or support roles including stage/venue crew support,
  • event booking support and booking agent assistants
  • indoor or outdoor events, one-off events or tours and small to large scale productions. 

Apprentices will train as:

 •Sales and Marketing Assistant supporting publicity activities and contribute to the production and distribution of publicity for live events, assist in the production of press releases and present live event ticket sales information

 •Booking Agents Assistant supporting the setting up of live events for artists, provide administrative support and contribute to the preparation of contracts for live events

 •Venue and Stage Crew Support road in, breakdown and load out equipment for a live event, safely supports the set up of the stage, instruments, sound and lighting for the live event

 Entry requirements

 Ideally your apprentice will have 5 GCSE grades A-D to include a communication subject, mathematics and a science or technical based subject (or ICT related qualification). Apprentices who have the appropriate GCSE grades or key skills may be exempt from completing Functional skills.

 If some of your job roles require a DBS check, this will also apply to apprentices as well.


To complete the apprenticeship the apprentice must be able to undertake the full range of duties, in the range of circumstances appropriate to the job, confidently and competently to the standard set by the industry and you, the employer.

A trainer/assessor will visit the apprentice in the workplace to assist in compiling a portfolio of evidence.  The technical certificate is assessed by assignments / presentations and knowledge based tests whilst attending training days at Sage Gateshead.  Functional Skills are assessed by examination and portfolio. 

Your apprentice will be required to attend Sage Gateshead once a month for the off the job training component of the apprenticeship. Functional Skills is delivered by College staff at agreed times with yourself (usually at the start of the apprenticeship programme). 


The duration of the apprenticeship programme is approximately 18 months.