Backstage Academy, Yorkshire’s Live Events Campus, is hiring for more than a dozen roles, following expansion

Backstage Academy - the Yorkshire institution offering degrees, short courses and bespoke training in the live events industry - has announced it is hiring across more than a dozen roles; giving those with a passion for gigs and live events the opportunity to pursue a career in the sector.

The South-Kirby based Academy, which is positioned at the heart of Production Park - Europe’s leading Live Industry destination - is looking to fill newly created roles across several practical, creative and digital disciplines.

The institution is looking for lecturers in creative technologies and digital production; widening participation and outreach officers; videographers and animators; an e-learning specialist; a head of professional training; production manager; and a studio and events coordinator.

For the academy’s Head of Institution, Rachel Nicholson, a passion for live events is a must-have for the role, with anyone with equivalent transferable experience and education encouraged to apply.

She said: “As Backstage and the wider industry bounces back from the impact of the pandemic, there will be a huge amount of pent-up demand for live events. With the 2021/22 student year raring to go, it really is the perfect time for anyone hoping to pursue a career in live events.

“Although Covid hit the sector hard, forging a career in live events will be an incredibly rewarding venture, as it enables applicants’ hobbies, passions and their careers to become intertwined.

“The campus really does offer these live event lovers with a treasure-trove of equipment and opportunities to get their hands on. We offer masterclasses for students through our use of cutting-edge equipment, software and technology, with students and staff working on real-life industry opportunities and experiences with world-leading companies day-in day-out.”

The announcement follows the organisation's recent awards at Educate North Awards, recognised across three categories: the Student Experience Award, the Employer Engagement Award and Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Academy’s Chairman and Founder, Adrian Brooks.

Rachel continued: “We’re proud that our students get to experience working with industry experts, experiment with pioneering products, and gain dream opportunities before entering the sector and becoming live events professionals themselves.

“As a privately funded organisation, we bridge the gap between industry and education, working closely with leading professionals to respond quickly to current skills shortages and write training programmes in line with specific demands.

“For industry professionals new or old, the roles currently on offer provide a unique chance to work at the heart of the live events sector; and present the opportunity to shape and influence the future of the industry and to inspire the next cohort of practitioners.”

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Benefits of joining the Backstage Academy team:

  • 25 days holiday + Bank Holidays
  • Pension
  • Life Assurance
  • Employee Lunches provided
  • Voluntary Health Cash Plan
  • Employee Assistance Programme (24/7 mental health & amp; wellbeing support, financial advice & legal information, childcare support & family issues advice etc.)
  • Free car parking
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Staff development and training opportunities

Backstage Academy is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, colour, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, nationality or ethnic origin.

Backstage Academy considers equivalent combinations of experience and education for certain jobs. All candidates who believe they possess equivalent experience and education are encouraged to apply.