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PLASA launches new training for production professionals

by Olivia Powell

PLASA, an association for the live entertainment technology industry, has launched National Lifting Event Training (NELT). NELT is a training programme for production technicians who use lifting equipment during event production.

PLASA designed NELT together with the Live Event Production Group and aims to improve safe working practices of lifting operations.

The course is held in specialist facilities, and candidates will receive guidance from experts across three days of training. Trainees will complete a series of practical activities and be taught how to establish cohesive and safe working partnerships with NRC riggers. Each candidate who successfully completes the course will receive a certificate and a listing on the PLASA website which will be viewed by prospect employers, venues and clients.

NELT is an addition to PLASA’s National Rigging Certificate (NRC), a trainee rigger pathway. The NRC is a year-round programme of professional development training for a range of business and technical topics.

PLASA’s director of membership, Skills & Technical Nicky Greet commented: “PLASA is pleased to offer this National training for production technicians that has been developed in collaboration with industry professionals on PLASA’s Live Event Production group. The aim of NELT is to standardise good practice and knowledge, making work environments safer and more efficient for all those involved.”

NELT is currently available at UK Rigging in Bolton and Production Services (PSI) in Northern Ireland. More centres are expected to offer the course next year.

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