March 14, 2023 | By Bronwen Largier

ICC Sydney has taken another five AV graduates into its Audio Visual Graduate Program in an effort to future proof the venue’s technical team.

The new recruits will spend a year being immersed in the events hosted by the convention centre, including conferences, exhibitions and live entertainment events. The graduates will work across audio, lighting, vision, rigging, staging and digital event solutions.

“We believe in creating careers, not simply jobs. As an employer of choice, ICC Sydney has earned a strong reputation for fostering career opportunities through our award winning training and development programs,” said ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy.

“Our AV Graduate Program ensures candidates will be mentored by the industry’s leading AV professionals, build on their in-demand skills, and experience working on a diverse range of extraordinary events.”

As one of a suite of professional development programs delivered by ICC Sydney’s audio visual services department, a total of 18 AV professionals have benefited from in-house training provided by the venue.

“Our AV Graduate Program is an excellent pathway for candidates to gain the best available on the job experience working on complex and creative events, while increasing the likelihood of securing employment at the conclusion of the program,” said ICC Sydney’s director of audio visual services, Brian Nash.

“In the past we’ve retained 100 per cent of the graduates, progressing them through to casual and permanent roles.

“It is through programs such as this that ICC Sydney is future proofing its event delivery services by investing in the next generation of AV technicians while we match the demand from our clients.”

Other training programs include the Professional Growth Traineeship Program, the digital media cadetship and the two-week practicum placement as part of the National Institute of Dramatic Art’s Live Production certification.

James Burke has just graduated from the 2022 intake of the Professional Growth Traineeship Program.

“The traineeship was incredibly rewarding. It was amazing to train in the many different aspects of AV right under one roof — from audio, vision, lighting, staging and rigging. With this well-rounded exposure, I feel confident in my ability to deliver technical solutions for our clients,” he said.

Through the venue’s in-house Academy of Extraordinary and via external associations and education providers, ICC Sydney staff have access to over 2,000 courses to grow their competencies.