Surge of applications for fully-paid Media Technology Graduate Training Programme offered by Creative Technology Ireland and NEP Ireland demonstrates unprecedented interest in Ireland’s growing audio visual industry

  • Full time, fully paid programme will support fresh talent and offer graduates a formal career path in audio visual technology industry 
  • Those who successfully complete the programme will be offered full time positions in either CT Ireland or NEP Ireland
  • Deadline for applications is 31 May

Over 50 students have applied to a new, fully-paid two-year Media Technology Graduate Training Programme which was recently unveiled by CT Ireland and NEP Ireland. With eight places available and still over one week left to apply, (deadline 31st May), the demand demonstrates the interest that exists for pursuing a career in specialised audio visual production services such as television, live events and visual technologies.

Aimed at shaping and enhancing the future skills of Ireland’s audiovisual industry, the programme is designed to cater for young people and adults who want to embark on a career within the sector as well as supporting those already working in the industry, with upskilling and further professional development. “Real World” crafts of broadcast and audio-visual technical operations, and as part of their training they will have the chance to rotate through various departments, learning on-the-job on some of the most high-profile and exciting events in the events calendar.

Creative Technology Ireland and NEP Ireland are both part of the NEP Group, a worldwide group with more than 4,000 employees. For the past three decades, NEP has been the leading worldwide technical production partner helping premier content producers bring live sports and entertainment to life. 

Trainees will learn a variety of crafts including vision and audio operations, technical maintenance, rigging, and associated skills. The graduates will be on full-time, paid contracts during their training, and will be expected to successfully complete a number of industry certification courses during their term with bodies such as Avixa (www.avixa.com) the global Audio-Visual educational organisation, and NEP-U, NEP group’s own worldwide University Programme.

Alan Burns, (NEP Europe) says: “Our business depends on energised and committed individuals, who love the technology, and are excited by the prospects of working on big events, whether it’s a Six Nations rugby game, or a television show like Dancing With The Stars, so it’s important for us to provide a more structured route in to the business for the up-and-coming talent coming out of the formal education system. Although they have completed a degree level course, there’s no substitute for the real-world experience of fixed deadlines with zero tolerance for errors, so this represents a great chance for the right people to get a foothold in the business.”

John Roche, (MD of CT Ireland) added: “Our business equally depends on people who love technology, and who love a challenge. Our team is full of individuals who spend every waking hour thinking of creative ways to use the fantastic audio-visual technology out there, and we love to see them coming up with new ideas. We are also delighted that CT Ireland includes the biggest cohort of female AV technical staff in the country, and this is something we actively encourage and strive to improve constantly, so we’d love to see plenty of female participation in this programme. This new scheme is, we believe, a vital step in the continuing development of what is more and more becoming an essential service, and never more so than can be seen over the past year, where we’ve actively developed no less than three virtual studios to maintain communications for our clients.”

Those successfully completing the programme will be offered full-time positions in either CT Ireland or NEP Ireland. It is intended to make this new innovation an annual programme to develop new talent to help the growth of the two companies.

Contacts:

John Roche, MD, CT Ireland: john.roche@ct-group.com  www.ct-ireland.ie

Alan Burns, aburns@nepgroup.com  www.nepireland.com

NEP and CT are both part of the NEP Group, a worldwide group with more than 4,000 employees.

For over 30 years, NEP has been the leading worldwide technical production partner helping premier content producers bring live sports and entertainment to life.  NEP’s 4,000+ employees are driven by a passion for superior service and a focus on technical innovation. Together, we have supported productions in 88 countries on all seven continents.

NEP is headquartered in the United States and has operations in 25 countries. Learn more at www.nepgroup.com