Students from Rose Bruford College’s Creative Lighting Control course recently visited PRG XL Video’s flagship facility in Longbridge. During their three-day experience, the students were given an overview of PRG XL, a tour of the 165,000ft2 warehouse and office building, introductory tutorials on the use of lighting, rigging and video technology on live events from members of the in-house Event Services & Rigging team, and spent time working in a number of the Warehouse Departments.
PRG XL Video Development Director, John McEvoy, explained: “Rose Bruford is one of a number of educational establishments we enjoy a close working relationship with. Their Creative Lighting Control course is one of particular interest to us—the students tend to be more hands on and focused on making a production happen. Alex Peters, one of our Event Service Coordinators, graduated from this course back in 2013.”
Course tutor, Rachel Nicholson said: “Being able to bring the students to PRG XL Video Longbridge is a fantastic experience. For most of them, their previous exposure to a rental company has been just seeing a flight case roll of the back of a truck, but by visiting PRG XL they get to appreciate what goes into preparing equipment ready for use on a show. John and I worked closely to tailor the three days and make sure the students and PRG XL got as much out of the experience as possible. Our students come from a variety of different backgrounds with varying levels of exposure to the industry. The feedback from them is that their eyes are now much more open to career options within a company like PRG XL—a huge factor behind that is the wide variety of skillsets and career choices available in a facility like Longbridge.”
Student Jana Jansen said: “The rigging session was brilliant. I’d never considered rigging as a serious option for me, but now I’m really keen to find out more and maybe work towards becoming a Rigger. I go climbing twice a week, so maybe it’s the perfect career path for me.” Fellow students Tilly Stratford and Tom Harrison said: “It’s amazing to see such a big warehouse and how everything comes together to get the lights ready for a show. All the people who work here are very friendly and really know their stuff.”
Rachel Nicholson added: “Because of the way John and I have planned the relationship between Rose Bruford and PRG XL, for some of the students this short trip to Longbridge could represent the start of a very long interview process. During the second and third year they have the option of spending a longer placement with PRG XL, and then applying for the Graduate Training Scheme when they’ve completed the course. We’re really happy with our relationship with PRG XL. John’s been brilliant to work with and the facilities in Longbridge are second to none.”
First year student, John Piper commented: “As a wheelchair user it is often the case that you can’t access the same areas as able bodied students on site, but working with PRG XL has made me see that the industry can be accessible.” John McEvoy concluded: “It was great to have Rachel and the Students in Longbridge for an extended period so they could really get an idea of how the operation works and what it takes to get a production out of the door. This has helped to cement an already strong relationship with Rose Bruford, and underlines PRG XL Video’s commitment to the development and support of the UK’s technical colleges to help encourage the industry’s next generation.”
Photography by PRG XL Video/Andy Edwards