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Neko Trust and Gallowglass partner on new event crew training programme

By | Published on Wednesday 29 June 2022

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Music industry charity the Neko Trust has announced a new initiative with event crewing company Gallowglass which will see a team of young people receive training in live music production and event management while also getting hands-on experience with paid event crew work.

Called Future Crew, the new initiative, the Neko Trust explains, “is a direct response to the government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda and the youth employment crisis across London, and represents an opportunity to build the music industry back following the exodus of talent during lockdown”.

It adds: “Participants will be given the opportunity to gain industry recognised qualifications in health and safety … and will benefit from career development sessions including task-setting and CV writing, as well as mentoring from Gallowglass crew chiefs and Neko’s expansive network of live events professionals”.

Plus, it goes on, “successful completion of the programme will lead to guaranteed employment as event crew with Gallowglass, as well as the potential to progress into live event production roles”.

Commenting on the new programme, Neko Trust CEO Mary Rose says: “Neko Trust is actively driving forward the diversification and re-skilling of the live music sector with its partnership with Gallowglass. Together, we want to attract and support a new talent pipeline in live events production by creating training and employment opportunities for individuals from all backgrounds”.

“We will be leaving no stone unturned to ensure this opportunity reaches passionate and motivated young people who want to work in the exciting world of live events but are often overlooked for such opportunities”, she goes on. “Levelling up means giving everyone the opportunity to flourish, and we believe Future Crew is not only a direct response to this challenge but a strong and meaningful response to the challenges facing the live music sector when it comes to diversity and skills”.

Meanwhile, Chris Parry-Jones from Gallowglass adds: “We all know that there are some real problems at the moment in the world of arts and events – skill shortages, a lack of diversity and very few opportunities for disadvantaged young people. Gallowglass has done what it has always done by offering an entry solution to those problems. We are delighted and excited to be partnering with Neko Trust on the Future Crew initiative which will continue to help young people into our industry”.