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Press Release

August 2007

CHRC Shines a Light for Entertainment Riggers

Ottawa - The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) continues to develop its suite of tools and resources for workers in the cultural sector with the release of a Competency Chart and Profile for Entertainment Riggers.

Funded by the Government of Canada's Sector Council Program, these documents were created by an expert working group of practicing entertainment riggers. They are designed to help riggers and those with an interest in the field to evaluate their own skills and determine whether additional training is required. This material can also be used in developing competency programs, negotiating and customizing training, developing/reviewing career paths, creating recruitment profiles, and writing individual position descriptions.

The chart and profile can be found on the CHRC website.

An extensive Training Gaps Analysis, which was also undertaken by CHRC based on the chart and profile, found little pre-employment rigger training available. It emphasizes the importance of health and safety training for this profession. It also explores the possibility of professional recognition or certification for entertainment riggers.

CHRC, in partnership with the Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology (CITT), the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Conseil québecois des ressources humaines en culture (CQHRC) and unions, is coordinating the strategic development of several occupational analyses for Technical Workers. Also available on CHRC's website are Competency Charts and Profiles for Automation Technicians and General Stage Technicians (Stage Hands). Information on pursuing a technical career in the Live Performing Arts can be found in CHRC's on-line interactive Spotlight's On – Career's in Live Performing Arts.

The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) strives to be at the centre of vision and forward thinking in the area of cultural human resources development. CHRC brings together representatives of arts disciplines and cultural industries in the cultural sector to address the training and career development needs of cultural workers - artists, creators, technical staff, managers and all others engaged professionally in the sector, including the self-employed. To become a member of CHRC please visit our website.

For further information please contact Megan Guy (613-562-1535 x 31;