Kickstart – Technical Assistant

Closing date: Mon 31 Jan
To apply for this job, you must be claiming Universal Credit and be 16 to 24 years old.

As a Technical Assistant you will work with our Production and Technical Manager and our existing LX and Stage Technicians to provide sound, lighting and other technical services in support of the performances, festivals and other events taking place at Theatre by the Lake. You will play an essential role in making sure that our performance spaces are presentable and operating well for the staff and visitors who use them every day.

Welcome visiting companies and creatives – you will help prepare the building ready to accommodate visiting companies and creatives (including our stages and backstage areas). You will be responsible for greeting visitors with a smile, helping them navigate their way around our building, and support with any technical requests during their time with us.

Get ins and get outs – you will assist with unloading trucks as shows arrive at the theatre. You will support with any stage or electrical work as the shows fit up in our spaces. You will then support with taking the shows apart and loading the trucks as the shows leave.

Technical Rigging – you will work alongside the existing technicians to rig technical equipment in support of the performances and events on our stages. This will include lighting, sound, stage and AV equipment (training will be given where necessary).

Technical Maintenance – you will assist with the technical and building maintenance at Theatre by the Lake and its stores. This will be a combination of some housekeeping elements (cleaning, tidying, painting etc) and technical elements (testing and servicing sound and lighting equipment).

Room set ups – you will set up and pack away meeting rooms with furniture and IT equipment for internal and external meetings

Housekeeping – you will support the wider operations team with making sure that the building is presentable. This might mean doing some cleaning, emptying bins, receiving and putting away deliveries or moving furniture and equipment.

Hours per week: 25

You will enjoy working hard and will be willing to work flexibly and to work shifts including evenings and weekends.

You will have an adaptable approach to work to allow you to respond to rapidly changing priorities. Sometimes the role will be stressful and you will need to be able to manage conflicting priorities in a positive and constructive way.

You will have the ability to problem solve using a calm and logical approach

You will have a good aptitude for learning and retaining detailed information, and be willing to undertake any necessary training provided by the company to allow you to perform your role competently and safely

You will be an excellent team player and will support your colleagues to provide a great technical service

You will have an eye for detail and the ability to maintain high standards in the workplace.

Working times will vary and be advised at least 7 days in advance wherever possible

National Minimum Wage

You will have a designated mentor during your journey with us, who will make sure that you get the support and training that you need to excel in this job and progress beyond it.

We will create a bespoke training plan for you and invest in relevant training to both enable you to safely do your work with us, but also to provide you with evidenced based experience to take on to another job. Some of this we will deliver in house and on the job, with our existing team – this will be focused on the skills that you will need to fulfil this job. At other times we may enrol you in online and offsite training with specialist providers.


Please apply for this job via the DWP government website here.

For any further enquiries please speak to your Work Coach at the jobcentre.