Following their recent re-location to a larger premises, Stevenage based film, television and event rigging specialists Rigging Team have expanded their footprint, not only to accommodate a growing inventory, but to also provide space for a much needed, industry specific, training centre.
Rigging Team managing director, Adam Searle explains, “Training is something that we have been passionate about for many years – although there is no substitute for real-world experience, everyone can benefit from gaining additional knowledge or skills. The courses are designed specifically to suit our industry – whether it’s a specific discipline, or a bespoke combination of courses,”.
The new 2,600sqft Rigging Team training centre, located just 20minutes from London by train, features a generous classroom and presentation space, along with a practical training area where trainees get ‘hands-on’ with equipment. A custom built, multi-level structure has been installed with flexibility in mind, enabling safe practice in rigging and work at height.
Searle continues, “Our trainees benefit greatly from the scope of this purpose-built facility, where multiple scenarios can be encountered in a safe environment under the watchful eye of experienced trainers. The versatility of the set-up allows us to create an almost infinite combination of situations, which, in turn, encourages candidates to think away from their ‘standard’ solutions”.
The initial phase of the development is open for business, with the first release of courses already receiving high interest. The second phase of the facility, scheduled to open next year, will provide enhanced facilities including stairway access to an extended structure, with sections of slatted and tension-wire grids.
Adam Searle adds, “Being housed adjacent to our main warehouse, the training centre has access to a wealth of additional equipment. It also means that, should there be a specific question about something which may not be covered directly in the syllabus, our trainers are able to answer, demonstrate and explain in a way that is relevant to our trainees.”
Courses currently running include: 3-day Rigging for the Entertainment Industry, Work at Height and Rescue. Rope Access, Ladder Training and PASMA courses are due to be added to the curriculum in early 2022.
Searle concludes, “It’s fantastic to be able to welcome clients, both old and new, at our new facility, particularly at a time when the Industry is returning from a prolonged period of absence; this extended period of down time has inevitably lead to some skills fade. We can provide a safe place for those joining or returning to the industry to brush up their skills and maybe even learn some new ones. We are often able to run courses at client premises, however, the training space we have created allows us to offer a far better learning environment – something which we hope will benefit our industry both now and into the future”.
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