Leading the way towards skill recognition for entertainment and event professionals

July 22, 2019

Jeremy Falconer knows his stuff when it comes to entertainment and event operations, so he’s stoked that he and his peers now have access to formal on-job qualifications through Skills Active Aotearoa, the industry training organisation for performing arts.

Jeremy is the operations manager at the ASB Theatre in Marlborough, where he has worked for the past 11 years. He explains what has kept him coming back each day in a brand new Skills Active video. 

“One of the things that has kept me entertained here is the variety to my job. Sometimes I’ll be doing lighting, or lighting design, or rigging. Sometimes we will be building stage structures. No two days are the same.”

Having worked in live events for many years, Jeremy’s problem-solving and time management skills are top notch. Now, he has completed the New Zealand Certificate in Entertainment and Event Operations (Level 3), which recognises these and many other skills.

Next up, he is tackling the Level 4 Entertainment and Event Technology certificate, and he has his sights set on the higher qualifications as they become available. He has also become a registered Skills Active assessor so that he can support his staff who are completing qualifications.

“[An on-job qualification] makes them much more hireable because it gives them really good hands-on, practical experience, and you just can’t learn that out of books.”

To hear more from Jeremy, check out the video. 


Media contact for Skills Active

Esther McLaren


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About Skills Active

Skills Active Aotearoa is the industry training organisation for recreation, exercise, sport and performing arts. We are a non-profit organisation, 50% owned by Māori shareholders, and funded by government to promote careers and workforce development in our industries, work with those industries to create world-class qualifications, and support workplaces to train staff.