September 10, 2019

Live Music Events Sound Engineer (Young Somerset in partnership with Cheese & Grain)


Young Somerset in partnership with Cheese and Grain are seeking their first Live Music Events Sound Engineer Apprentice. The successful candidate will play a part of managing the Sound Engineering for Rural Music Network Tours Programme (4-month tour across 8 venues across the South West delivered over 2 years).

Apprenticeship summary

Main responsibilities and duties

  • Contribute to the planning of the Sound Requirements for a Live Event
  • Contribute to the Technical Production of a Live Event
  • Operate Sound for Live Performance
  • Support the implementation of rehearsals with the Rural Music Network Project Acts
  • Assist with the Running of a Live Performance
  • Set up and check sound equipment
  • Ensure the Safe and Efficient Loading of Vehicles used with the Rural Music Network Project Tour
  • Contribute to Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
  • Manual Handling and Lifting Loads
  • Provide Amplified Sound for a live performance
  • Delivery of Effective Customer Service
  • Awareness of Health and Safety in the Creative and Cultural Sector
  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Flexible dependant on Live Events, Touring and Workload.

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Expected duration

    12 months

  • Date posted


  • Expected start date


  • Closing date


  • Standards

    Technical Theatre, Lighting, Sound and Stage

  • Apprenticeship level


  • Reference number


  • Training Provider


  • Location


Requirements and prospects

Desired Skills

  • Good written and communication skills
  • The ability to work in a small team situation, helping and supporting other team members as necessary
  • Flexible with time and working hours to meet the requirements of the live music events industry

Personal qualities

  • Comfortable discussing project elements with clients and team members via email, telephone and face-to-face
  • Have strong attention to detail and quality
  • Be well organised
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Able to prioritise workload and work deadlines in a pressured environment
  • Ability to remain calm
  • Ability and enthusiasm to learn and progress within the live music events industry
  • Be self-motivated

Desired qualifications

  • Minimum Entry: GCSEs at grades C/4 (or equivalent) in maths and English

All applicants will be required to pass initial assessments in maths and English.

Future prospects

May lead to full-time employment for the right candidate on completion of the apprenticeship. Progression onto a Level 3 Apprenticeship or higher qualification.

Things to consider

  • Driving licence preferable but not essential
  • The Competence and Knowledge Elements will be assessed in the workplace using evidence to build a portfolio.
  • Functional Skills will generally be delivered at one of Wiltshire College and University centre campuses, however they can also be delivered remotely
  • A mixture of on and off the job training provides a variety of learning opportunities across the whole programme
  • The successful applicant must be living within the Somerset area

About the Employer

Young Somerset and Cheese and Grain have partnered to provide a unique opportunity for an emerging talent to undertake an Apprenticeship within Live Sound & Sound Engineering.

Young Somerset has been making Somerset a better place for young people for over two decades. It began as a small charity in 1997, known as Somerset Rural Youth Project, where it initially focused on the rural areas of Somerset. However, as it has developed over the years, it widened out its valuable youth work service across the whole of the county, no longer just a focusing on the rural areas.

The Cheese and Grain is a not-for-profit, member owned social enterprise and also a registered charity. Its main aim is to promote and boost Frome’s social, cultural and economic life. Cheese and Grain is a leading venue for live music and events in the South West, hosting over 500 events a year. The main hall at the Cheese and Grain has a capacity of 850, and there is a café and bar, as well as meeting rooms and a mezzanine hot desk area.


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