Apprentices to learn from audio console specialists

Young apprentices at Calrec, from left, are Hebden Bridge pair Taryn Rath, Hannah Nutter and Chris Carpenter from Todmorden
Young apprentices at Calrec, from left, are Hebden Bridge pair Taryn Rath, Hannah Nutter and Chris Carpenter from Todmorden

Three young people from the upper Calder Valley hope to become a big noise in business after taking up roles with broadcast audio mixing console manufacturer Calrec.

The Hebden Bridge-based company appointed the trio of apprentices through the LearnDirect Apprenticeship Scheme, developing further job opportunities in the town.

Taryn Rath and Hannah Nutter, both from Hebden Bridge, and Chris Carpenter from Todmorden have accepted roles as apprentices in sales and marketing, shipping and stores respectively. Taryn said: “I am very excited about working at Calrec and I am looking forward to developing the skills that are needed when working in a business environment and learning more about the professional audio industry. 

“More companies should take advantage of the apprenticeship scheme as it provides us with a chance to get our foot on the ladder and into the working world.”

The Government-funded scheme targets 16 to 24-year-olds and is designed to get young adults into the workplace. Over a 12-month period they gain real life experience and qualifications, working towards a NVQ in a subject related to their position in the company, with the possibility of it becoming a full-time job upon completion.

Managing Director Roger Henderson said: “We are delighted to welcome our new apprentices and hope that they enjoy and learn from their experience here. We feel strongly that opportunities should be available for young adults to get jobs in the industry and this provides them with the perfect stepping stone. 

“They will gain a solid grounding of working in a professional environment and an insight into what is otherwise a very specialist field. I hope this is the beginning of a bright new future for them.”

A broadcast specialist for more than 40 years, Calrec has developed a range of digital consoles relied on by the world’s most successful broadcasters. 

l Music students from Calderdale College were allowed into Calrec and manufacturing of broadcast audio mixing consoles. Students were lucky enough to gain an insight into the industry from the leaders themselves, spending a day learning about the industry, touring the factory at Nutclough and having detailed demonstrations of how to operate the audio desks.

Student Michael Taylor from Hebden Bridge, who aims to pursue a career in sound recording: “I thought it was great. We were given an in-depth demonstration of the desks and we had a really good tour round - I really enjoyed it. It has opened my eyes to what’s actually going on behind the scenes and it was a great insight into the making of the desks.”

Calrec UK sales manager Jim Green believes it is vital to give students who are thinking of a career within the industry an accurate portrayal of what is involved: “Calrec has supplied broadcast audio equipment to the broadcast industry for almost 50 years and we were keen to work with Calderdale College’s Sound department to expand their students’ perception of the industry and of broadcast audio in particular. There are many careers in audio but it is difficult to break into the more creative aspects of the industry such as music, sound design and post-production.”