HSL Training Initiative Launched


Leading UK production lighting and visuals rental specialist HSL has appointed Jeff Demain to co-ordinate the establishment of a comprehensive training infrastructure and organise a series of training related opportunities initiated by the company.

This includes further development of the state-of-the-art training centre at HSL’s extensive premises in Blackburn which will be launched later in the year, with a number of dedicated fully equipped spaces allocated to serve different training needs.

Training and offering individuals a means of achieving qualifications is an integral part of MD Simon Stuart’s vision for HSL’s immediate and long term future as an innovator and a market leading in live event technical production and delivery.

Jeff’s initial tasks will include developing a training event schedule to be hosted in Blackburn and sourcing the teams to deliver these successfully and meaningfully. Some courses will be aligned with industry manufacturers while others will involve recognised accreditation bodiesIMG_7237 smaller

“Right now we’re establishing a list of training and topics to be offered which will be related to demand” explains Jeff, adding that this is currently being assessed utilizing several levels of interaction and dialogue via ongoing contacts and conversations as well as feedback and opinions garnered from social media and other communication channels.

“With multiple options, we can then tailor the active course programme to current needs and attendee availability” elucidated Jeff.

Topics will include Rigging Console Programming, Network Setup, various product-specific training, WYSIWYG & CAD visualisation and statutory courses like First Aid, BS 7909 (managing temporary electrical installations for events) and the Safe Contractor Scheme (SCS).

At the heart of the programme is a commitment to presenting the training in an enjoyable, invigorating and fun environment. The goal is to promote learning in an inclusive atmosphere and empower participants to push and challenge themselves further.training room

Says Simon, “There’s a shortage of qualified technicians in certain areas and we want to help fill that gap and encourage individuals to gain a raft of tools to help further their professional careers”.

The HSL Group’s main HQ in Blackburn will be the core of the training – ideally placed to serve most of the major cities in the north of the country.

The plan is then to roll out the facilities and opportunities across other companies in the Group, including Production Services Ireland (PSI) in Belfast and Dublin and GLS in Southampton, making it easily accessible across a huge geographical area.

Anyone interested can:

Email training@hslgroup.com or jeff.demain@hslgroup.com


Call Jeff on +44 1254 588061 (direct dial)

Updates on how we are progressing will be posted here, so please revisit!

tra011353344 smallJeff Demain has worked in the industry for 40 years, dealing with sound, lighting, AV, rigging set and scenic elements for numerous areas of performance.  


He was chief LX at Leeds Grand Theatre in the 1980’s, then moved to Lancashire to pursue a career in design, sales and installation, working with some of the major players of the day.


He’s been involved with hundreds of project installations in theatres, schools and museums across the UK, Russia and the Middle East.  His eclectic and interesting industry background covers rock ‘n’ roll to clubs and cabaret to opera with many adventures in between!