Gearhouse runs an annual industry learnership from training centres in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

This is a free-of-charge, full-time in-house training programme; Live Event Technical Production, NQF 4, SAQA ID 48669.

Unit Standards covered in the course may be applied to following career streams within the Industry:

  • Lighting for Live Events
  • Sound for Live Events
  • Audio-Visual for Live Events
  • Rigging for Live Events
  • Structures for Live Events
  • Power for Live Events

The course aims to produce work-ready industry entrants with a strong foundation in the exacting safety standards and methodology required for the Technical Production Services industry.

The syllabus prepares students for the long hours and hands-on nature of this type of career, with practical modules including Loading of Trucks, Preparation of Equipment, Building of stages, Firefighting and Working at Heights, amongst others.

The programme runs for 12 months, January to December, between 08:00 to 17:00 daily. Learners complete the programme within this timeframe, whilst receiving a nominal "stipend" and overtime when out on events.

Formative and Summative Assessments are conducted throughout the year, culminating in a Final Integrated Summative Assessment and the completion of a Portfolio of Evidence

Around 45 Gearhouse Kentse Mpahlwa Academy graduates enter the industry each year. The option of completing a further full-time year of Work Integrated Learning, is available for students who show aptitude for their chosen field of specialisation.

Applications are accepted during September and October only. Entrants must have a Matric qualification with Maths/Maths Literacy.

Contact Josef van Schalkwyk at or +27 (0)11 216 3000.

The Gearhouse Group of Companies