Audiovisual Technician Apprentice BLAYDON COMMUNICATIONS LIMITED

We are currently seeking to employ an apprentice to join our busy team with a view to growing the business in the coming years. This is a full-time role and is expected to develop into a permanent position at the end of the apprenticeship period.

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Closing date: 01 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Thursday, 0800 – 1700. Friday 0800 – 1630. 28 days holiday.

    Total hours per week: 39.5

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    10 Apr 2024

  • Date posted

    27 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 5 (Higher national Diploma)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

The role will be to provide support an assistance to our service manager and our full time engineers. The role will be varied and will cover many disciplines to fulfil the needs of our clients.

Primarily, the role will cover the installation, service, and maintenance of commercial audio visual installations. This will include but not be limited to the following:

  • 100v Line Commercial PA Systems (Tannoy)
  •  Voice Alarm Evacuation Systems
  • Voice Reinforcement Systems
  • Network Audio Systems
  • Intelligibility Testing
  • Background Music Systems
  • Foreground Music Systems
  • Video Conference Systems
  • Video Streaming Systems
  • Video Distribution Systems (HDBaseT)
  • Corporate and Public Display Systems
  • Projection Systems
  • Induction Loop Systems
  • Assisted Hearing Systems
  • Speech Transfer Systems
  • Intercom

In addition to the main disciplines above, there will also be an opportunity to be involved with projects that include:

  • Aerial Distribution
  • Networking
  • CCTV
  • Access Control & Door Entry
  • Time Management Systems
  • Workforce Management Systems
  • Visitor Management Systems

Our work is mainly North East based, with occasional work away. There will be workshop related duties to fulfil as well as remote work in client premises and on sites.

We complete work on high profile sites that will require security training and background checks to be completed. All of these will be dealt with as required and fully funded by us.

Additional training will be required for working at height and working on construction sites, but this will be provided and funded by us.

Full clean driving licence would be an advantage, but not essential.

The training you will be getting

  • Online Day release through Middlesbrough College
  • On and off-the-job training Working towards achieving Audio visual Apprenticeship

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • It is expected to develop into a permanent position at the end of the apprenticeship period. But this will depend on postion of company and behaviour whilst on apprenticeship

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4) Essential
BTEC or equivalent Any (Grade Pass) Essential

Things to consider

Northern Skills will check candidates' eligibility prior to any interviews. This vacancy may close early if sufficient applications are received. Please ensure you apply early to avoid disappointment.

About the employer

Blaydon Communications Limited was founded on the 24th April 1972 when the directors of North East Time Recorders Limited saw a need to expand into the sound and communications market and started Blaydon Communications Limited; we have continued to trade ever since. The parent company, North East Time Recorders Limited is even older, it became a limited company way back on the 8th August 1947, supplying and maintaining mechanical time recorders; operating from premises in Newcastle until moving to Blaydon in 1970. Both companies still operate from this base. The expansion into the sound and communications industry required new personnel, so a communications engineer was employed and that’s how it all began. The current Managing Director, Mr Paul Dougherty, started with the Company back in 1990 on a Youth Training Scheme and worked his way up through the ranks. As part of a management buyout team in 1997, he secured his place within the Company and thanks to his experience and forward-looking attitude will take the Company from strength to strength. When Blaydon Communications Limited commenced operations they mainly catered for the intercom and public address requirements of commercial users in the North East of England. However, over the years the range of equipment offered has increased to cater for the customer’s requirements; they have become main distributors for a number of manufacturers carrying stock of both new equipment and very importantly spare parts to allow for a quick and efficient repair service. Since those early days, they have got stronger in many sectors and have become a leading force in the supply, installation and servicing of communication and audiovisual equipment in the North. Also, thanks to their successful trading and professional service they can now provide equipment from many manufacturers, which means you can be assured that they will fulfil your communications needs. So if you have a specific communication requirement from a particular manufacturer they can probably help.




Factory Road


Tyne & Wear

NE21 5RY

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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


Kaitlyn Potton


Apprenticeship standard

Audiovisual technician

Level 5 (Higher national Diploma)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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