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Blackout appoints first Trailblazer rigging apprentices

Drapes and rigging specialist Blackout has announced the appointment of two apprentices as part of the government’s Trailblazer apprenticeship scheme.
 
The scheme aims to provide formal training to new recruits by encouraging the appointment of three million new apprentices by 2020.
 
Blackout has welcomed Roisin McClearn and Bridie Lane as part of the Trailblazer Live Event Rigging Apprenticeship, which was launched in September 2016 by the National Rigging Advisory Group (NRAG).
 
McClearn and Lane were selected from a group of more than 70 applicants, and completed an online application followed by an interview with Blackout MD Martin Wood and project manager Alex Duke.
 
Duke commented: “Now three month into the new industry training scheme, both of our new apprentices have very quickly rolled up their sleeves and displayed an eagerness to immerse themselves into all elements of the business and the experiences the events industry offers.
 
“They have quickly picked up navigating around our extensive warehouse, picking jobs, learning the processes of simple truss installations and hanging of drapes. It has been a pleasure to welcome Rosin and Bridie to the team and I look forward to see them develop skills and industry knowledge with us over the next three years.”