35 1st year learners at the Gearhouse Kentse Mpahlwa Academy have spent the first six months of 2017 involved in workshop rotations and doing on-site practical training as part of the National Certificate: Live Event Technical Production Services in South Africa – a qualification developed by the Gearhouse field experts and delivered at the Group’s offices around the country. A stringent interview process reduces hundreds of keen applicants to a select 15 in Johannesburg and 10 each in Cape Town and Durban each year.

These aspirant technicians are currently receiving training on First Aid, Firefighting and Harness (Level 1) and in the first week of July, during the “quieter” Winter season, they will undergo their first Summative Assessment (Equipment Packing, Loading and Maintenance (Practical / Theoretical) and Stress Management (Theoretical)). 

GKMA Assessor, Neermala Rajagopal, and Moderator, Josef van Schalkwyk, will travel between the Academy’s branches in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban to ensure training consistency during this first cluster of Assessments. The final Integrated Summative Assessment, which takes place on a live event in front of an audience, will be conducted during the busy season at the end of the year. Wherever possible the students carry out this Final Assessment on a job that is touring the three cities, so that everyone gets to “cut their teeth” within common parameters.

 As part of their exposure to the industry, the students will also be taken through to the continent’s biennial advanced media and entertainment technology trade show, Mediatech Africa, which runs from 19-21 July 2017 at the Ticketpro Dome. Throughout the year, their efforts are continually assessed and guided by the Training Facilitators and Departmental Heads.

Story Robyn D’Alessandro, Photo Liza Hooper

Jun 22, 2017

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