International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has launched its Audio Visual (AV) Graduate Program for the fourth time, with five AV professionals joining the venue’s ranks following completion of their tertiary education courses.
Through the year-long initiative, the graduates will gain exposure to a calendar of events, live entertainment events, exhibitions and conventions.
“We believe in creating careers, not simply jobs,” said ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy. “As an employer of choice, ICC Sydney has earned a strong reputation for fostering career opportunities through our award-winning training and development programs.
“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.”
ICC Sydney director of audio visual services Brian Nash said that previous professional development programs delivered by the department had nurtured and developed a total of 18 AV professionals.
“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,” he said.
“In the past we’ve retained 100% 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.”
James Burke was a graduate of ICC Sydney’s 2022 Professional Growth Traineeship Program, describing it as “incredibly rewarding”.
“It was amazing to train in the many different aspects of AV right under one roof,” he said.
“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. I wish our new AV graduates all the best for their participation in the program.”