CPL invests in apprenticeship scheme

CPL, a provider of technical solutions, production equipment and specialist project management services, has invested in its first apprenticeship scheme in conjunction with Birmingham based Creative Alliance, and welcomes its first apprentice – 16 year old Cameron Preussner who has joined the team for a hands-on training in ‘Technical Theatre Studies’ (TTS) for the next 12 months.

“For some time we been considering harnessing fresh new talent at school leaver age rather than after university, with the idea that they can then grow and develop their career at CPL, which offers a diverse range of job opportunities in many specialist fields,” a spokesperson said.

CPL devised the module-based course that will incorporate all elements of TTS including Audio, Lighting, AV, Project Management, Stage Management, Administration, etc. It’s been designed to offer a basic overview and general training in the many areas of CPL’s business to give Cameron a taste of the industry, and the potential opportunities open to him in the future.

Central to developing the study modules, is the idea of giving a properly grounded knowledge and fully practical understanding of the workplace and all the technical and creative elements involved. Everything from the distinctly unglamorous tasks like loading trucks and coiling cables in the warehouse, right up to the more exciting areas like designing, programming and operating equipment at shows and events.

Cameron’s progress will be assessed every two months, and at the end of the course, he should have a solid understanding of the production industry, how CPL functions, the importance of teamwork as well as an awareness of his own aptitudes and interests.

The hopes is that he will then join the team at CPL full time at the end of the apprenticeship.