Rigging Assistant Scheme (RAS)

As the scheme unfolds, this page will be updated with the most recent news and events relating to the RAS.

Application Deadline

Update date: 22nd January 2024

Thank you to everyone who has registered their interest for the RAS so far, we have recieved a fantastic response. The deadline to register is Wednesday 24th January 2024, please make sure you complete the form before this date. We will be contacting everyone who has been selected for interview in the next 2 weeks. Thank you.

Project X Update

Update date: 8th January 2024

Project X was an exciting and successful pilot scheme developed by UK Rigging in 2023. The scheme was designed by UK Rigging to explore new and innovative ways to address the current rigger shortage by supporting those who wish to enter the rigging industry on a freelance basis. The scheme offered financial support, planned training, mentoring and rare access to on-the-job experience. Due to the success of the pilot, UK Rigging has now launched a revised scheme known as the Rigging Assistant Scheme (RAS) in 2024.

Further Questions

Q: Where is the RAS based?

The Rigging Assistant Scheme (RAS) will be based in Manchester & the North West.

Q: How is this scheme different to Project X?

The RAS will be more localised to Manchester and the North West, working with specific venues.

Q: If I have applied for Project X, do I need to re-apply for the RAS?

Yes, please re-apply.

Q: What equipment do I need?

A reliable, insured car, and a full driving licence is required. All other equipment and PPE will be provided.

Q: What experience do I need?

No previous experience is necessary, your attitude and manual dexterity are more important. Some previous live events experience may be helpful such as experience in crewing, rigging, theatre, etc.

Q: Can I fit the RAS around existing commitments?

Yes, it is a flexible scheme, allowing you to accept or decline shifts around other commitments.

Q: When will the scheme begin?

The RAS will begin in March 2024.

Q: When are interviews?

Interviews will be taking place at the beginning of February 2024.

Q: How do I apply?

Please follow the link to register your interest: Register Your Interest

Q: Is the RAS the only way to enter the rigging industry as a new rigger?

No, there are lots of routes to becoming a rigger. Find out more here.