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21 September 2005

PLASA Launches National Rigging Award

PLASA has announced the launch of a new National Rigging Award, designed to give riggers across all sectors of the industry a recognised framework by which their knowledge and expertise can be measured.

Initiated by the rigging sector, who looked to PLASA to further develop the template for a National Rigging Certificate, the Award has become vital in a climate where there is a growing focus on health and safety, and an increasing expectation from the insurance sector.

For the last 10 months, PLASA has been working with government bodies and members of the rigging community on the development of the Certificate, a consultation process which has been underpinned by the formation of the PLASA Rigging Advisory Group.

The Group is now working on the fine details of the criteria and assessment process, but once finalized, the scheme will include a tiered progression structure, that will involve both theoretical and practical assessment.

The development of a qualification for the rigging industry (which it is hoped will act as a blueprint for other industry skills and sectors) will bring with it numerous benefits, not least the achievement of national recognition for rigging as a profession in its own right. It should also assist employers who increasingly need to demonstrate the competencies of their staff and, ultimately, lead to a reduction in insurance premiums.

PLASA will now begin the process of liaising with the venues and production companies to seek their endorsement of the scheme. Following an initial pilot, the Association plans to introduce the scheme next year and anticipates that by spring 2008 most individuals in the rigging industry will be either working towards the certificate or will have already achieved it.

The launch event took place at PLASA 2005 (11-14 September, Earls Court 1) and was attended by key figures from the rigging community. If you are interested in the development of the Award, or would like further information, contact PLASA on 01323 524120 or e-mail rigging@plasa.org.

Notes to Editors:

PLASA is the lead professional body for businesses that supply technologies and services to the event, entertainment and installation industries. Operating from offices in Europe and North America, the Association provides business support services to its growing worldwide membership, writes industry standards, leads the development of qualifications and focuses on improving the business practices adopted by the industry. With over 1100 members worldwide, it represents one of the largest member networks in the industry.

PLASA also runs successful media and events divisions and is responsible for the industry-leading magazines Lighting&Sound International, Lighting&Sound America and Protocol and the PLASA Show in London, together with the European and North American regional PLASA Focus events.

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