School for Roadies opens in Wakefield

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A school for Roadies has moved to Onward Holdings’ Langthwaite Business Park near Wakefield.

Cato Academy, in partnership with Production Park’s Backstage Academy, is dedicated to training the next generation of support crews and technicians for events such as Glastonbury and Reading festivals.

Production Park, next door to Langthwaite, has been developed into a community of live events businesses attracting the world’s biggest acts.

Students aspiring to be production managers, backline technicians and live sound engineers, gain genuine experience of the logistics involved in touring with a band and staging gigs. Cato Academy’s facilities include a lecture theatre and a sound studio, along with a number of smaller teaching rooms and offices. They also have access to Production Park’s two rehearsal studios.

Cato Academy Founder, Glen Rowe, said: “The South Kirkby site is centrally located within the UK, which means we can attract students from all over the country. We expect to see growth in student numbers this year.”

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