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Wales Millennium Centre staff recognised with apprenticeship award

Jo Davies and Martin Hunt with Bryan Raven from White Light, who presented the award Jo Davies and Martin Hunt with Bryan Raven from White Light, who presented the award
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Staff at the Wales Millennium Centre have been announced as winners of the Creative and Cultural Skills theatre award for their longstanding commitment to apprenticeships at the Cardiff venue.

Jo Davies, production coordinator, and Martin Hunt, technical manager, were recognised for their work with partners including the Welsh National Opera.

The pair are in the process of setting up a Shared Apprenticeship Scheme for the technical theatre apprenticeship, in conjunction with Cardiff and Vale College. The new scheme will see 10 technical apprentices employed by WMC, but based at different venues across Wales. Funding obtained by WMC allows venues to support an apprentice that would not otherwise be able to do so.

Davies said: “Martin and I have spent a long time working on the technical apprenticeship scheme at Wales Millennium Centre, getting it to a point where we feel it truly reflects industry-standard training. This award is a recognition that we are on the right track.”

Production Services Ireland and Live Theatre from Newcastle were also shortlisted for the award. Belfast-based Production Services Ireland, which provides lighting and rigging for the performing arts and entertainment sectors in Ireland, has invested over £145,000 in training and testing standards-based training. Live Theatre has delivered training to more than 80 young people within a working theatre environment.

Sherice Pitter, now development officer at the Lyric Hammersmith, received the apprentice of the year award for her exceptional commitment and ambition during her time spent as young people’s apprentice at the west London theatre. April Skipp, marketing and development intern at Yorkshire Dance, was announced as intern of the year.

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