Auckland Live helps kick-start careers

Dream of a career in the entertainment and events industry, but can’t get a foot in the door?

The New Zealand Certificate in Entertainment and Event Operations, being launched later this year by Skills Active Aotearoa, hopes to change that by providing graduates with essential skills and professional industry knowledge to work in a large range of roles in the performing arts.

The Level 3 NZ Certificate will help pave a pathway for new and entry-level staff, with an induction qualification covering both backstage and front of house. 

In addition, the new qualification could lead to the NZ Certificate in Entertainment and Event Technology (Level 4), offering strands in entertainment rigging, lighting, live sound, stage management, entertainment video, stage mechanics and set construction. 

Auckland Live is a proud supporter of the qualifications, and has been part of the industry-wide consultation process that has helped create their programme structures, delivery and assessment.

Several Auckland Live staff are course assessors, including Head of Technical Operations, Kerry Griffiths. 

Kerry will be joining other assessors from across the industry including the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Wellington Venues and Auckland Arts Festival, at a refresher workshop hosted by Auckland Live next Wednesday in The Limelight. 

Kerry says the intention of the Certificates is to provide a set of qualifications that are understood by the industry.

“Back when I was starting out in Technical, there was more emphasis on experience, rather than (non-existent) qualifications,” he says.

“In today’s compliance and safety-focused environment, the Certificates will let employers know exactly what standard of expertise a person has attained, give them confidence in hiring, and provide a more consistent skill base across the industry."