Sydney convention centre launches AV graduate training

The annual programme offers training in AV and production services including rigging, audio, lighting, and vision, and offers exposure to events, exhibitions and conventions.

The International Convention Centre in Sydney, Australia has launched a paid AV Graduate Program. As part of the initiative, five exceptional graduates are gaining exposure to a year-round calendar of events, exhibitions and conventions, working across all areas of ICC Sydney’s AV and production services including rigging, audio, lighting and vision.

ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy said that the venue is committed to fostering young talent, embedding new starters into the culture of ICC Sydney and seeing them play their part in delivering extraordinary events for clients.

“We believe in creating careers, not simply jobs. The AV Graduate Program is the embodiment of this approach and builds on our vision to become a true employer of choice and a leader in providing outstanding professional development for our greatest asset – our people. I look forward to seeing our new graduates thrive.”

While receiving training to the highest industry standards, participants will work alongside ICC Sydney’s expert team of technical directors, project managers and operators to learn how to meet the needs of every event type today, and into the future.

ICC Sydney director of audio visual services Brian Nash said the programme will have a new intake each year and be delivered as part of ICC Sydney’s Academy of Extraordinary, which sees the venue partner with education providers and department representatives to integrate learning and accredited training into work practice for its 1,700-person workforce.

“As an industry, we need to encourage more people to choose a career in AV services and back them from the outset. We were pleased to receive 175 applications from as far as Scotland and have now recruited five stand-out candidates who have a genuine interest in and affinity with AV services – people who will grow with ICC Sydney.”

Donaghy said ICC Sydney’s approach to training and skills development has already received strong industry recognition, and is set to be bolstered by this latest initiative.

“To date, we have invested significantly in blended learning to ensure our team is not only operating to the venue’s world-class standards, but is provided with strong career progression opportunities.”

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