ICC Sydney’s Academy of Extraordinary looks to foster AV talent

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has launched its paid Audio Visual (AV) Graduate Program, designed to provide vocational training and development opportunities.

As part of the initiative, five 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.

“We believe in creating careers, not simply jobs,” he said. “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.”

Delivering 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.

ICC Sydney’s director of audio visual services Brian Nash said the annual program 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 1700-person workforce.

“As an industry, we need to encourage more people to choose a career in AV Services and back them from the outset,” said Nash. “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 says ICC Sydney has invested significantly in blended learning and provided strong career progression opportunities for its staff.

“In 2017, more than 1000 staff participated in close to 23,000 hours of training across 39 courses and already, this is undoubtedly enhancing our capabilities as a business to drive innovation, collaboration and engagement for our people, our clients and our visitors,” he said.

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