Apprenticeships

Assistant Recording Technician - Higher

Technical Production

This occupation is found in broadcasters and production companies that edit and produce music and sound content prior to release across multiple platforms. This includes music that is recorded for sale under the artists name and that used in TV, radio, film and computer games. Assistant Recording Technicians work as part of a small team, in a studio environment. They work with a variety of technological tools and need knowledge and skills related to both the hardware and software used.

Route Detail

Assistant Recording Technician apprentices work closely with, and under the direction of more experienced and senior Audio or Recording Engineers. Audio recording businesses may be large or small. Assistant Recording Technicians may work directly for a studio or in a self-employed capacity.

The broad purpose of the occupation is to produce a high-quality recording. Apprentices work on the technical aspect of recording. This requires balancing and adjusting sound sources using equalization and audio effects, mixing, reproduction and reinforcement of sound. This usually starts with a "sound brief" which outlines what is required. Their job is to check that this is delivered, engaging with artists and clients. This can include the placing of microphones, pre-amp settings, the setting of levels, the specification and set up of equipment. 

  • They monitor the quality of the recording in relation to the equipment setup and use this information to make adjustments. 
  • They adapt their approach to suit the artist and to achieve the final sound required. 
  • They record how the equipment was set up, so it can be replicated if required.
  • They also store the final audio files in a suitable format, and which protects the security of the data. 
  • An Assistant Recording Technician resolves hardware and software problems and monitors the use of software. 
  • They engage with the artist and/or client to ensure that their needs are met. The physical recording of any project is done by an audio engineer. 

It is a creative profession where musical instruments and technology are used. Assistant Recording Technicians assist with the recording of master files and ensure that audio files are stored securely.

Entry Requirements

Organisations will set their own entry criteria. You must achieve level 2 English and maths prior to taking the end point assessment, if you don't already hold qualifications in both at this level.

Potential Future Careers

Assistant Sound Technician

Working under the supervision of the Sound Designer, an Assistant Sound Technician assists in carrying out maintenance on sound equipment and helps with any pre-show checks.

Production Assistant

A Production Assistant will assist the Production Manager with coordinating budgets and managing the production of events and live performances.

Production Manager

The Production Manager is responsible for ensuring that the logistics of a live event, tour or production runs smoothly

Senior Sound Technician

The Senior Sound Technician works with the Sound Designer and the Director to plan and facilitate the audio requirements for a live performance or event. If necessary they will source any special audio equipment for a show.

Sound Engineer

Sound engineering is a highly technical role, focused on delivering professional-quality sound for broadcasts, performances, live events and recordings.

Sound Technician

A Sound Technician works with the Sound Designer and the Director to plan and facilitate the audio requirements for a live performance or event, and if necessary they will source any special audio equipment for a show.

Live Vacancies

Seeking Employment

Anyone successfully completing the apprenticeship will be eligible to apply for membership of the Music Union and PRS.