Inside Info: VenueTech

VenueTech is all about supporting live events and venues. Based in Whakatū Nelson, VenueTech manage the technical and production aspects of performance facilities and events, most notably, The Theatre Royal and Nelson Centre of Musical Arts.

Their work encompasses everything from maintaining and preparing the venue’s lighting/ sound/ rigging systems, etc. to provide skilled technicians who support the many productions performing on these and other stages.

VenueTech also has a live sound division hiring audio equipment and engineers for external events. They offer sales, installation and maintenance programmes for performance technology equipment and educational courses on sound/ lighting to schools and community groups.

One of VenueTech’s initiatives is a Gateway programme open to a senior secondary school students with a passion for event production or entertainment technology – loosely defined as live sound, lighting, audio-visual or stage management for shows/ events.

Gateway supports students to dedicate one day of their schooling week as work experience in a subject of their interest, while using said experience to achieve relevant unit standards. If anyone is interested, we’d suggest keeping an eye on our socials and talking to your schools gateway coordinator.

The Gateway programme provides the opportunity to work alongside the VenueTech team on their scheduled operations in Theatre Royal, NCMA or an external event. You can expect to learn about and participate in:

• Use of venue Stage Lighting, Live Sound, Rigging and AV systems
• Event / Stage Management
• Assist with packing shows in or out
• Assist in the operation of technical systems
• Event planning
• Maintenance of equipment/ facilities

The VenueTech Gateway Work-Placement is suited for students seeking a future behind the scenes in performing arts. The intern receives professional support and guidance and unparalleled exposure to the industry, opening doors to future pathways while creating networking opportunities.

To find out more or apply online, head to the VenueTech website.

VenueTech’s work is also compatible with the Skills Active Level 4 Entertainment Technology Qualification – a formally recognised apprenticeship.

This apprenticeship is a two-year engagement with a theory handbook and practical expectations woven into practical work – an excellent opportunity to earn as you learn – and an alternative to immediate tertiary study.