Survey Essence - Employers
The ESSENCE project is working towards a common live sound qualification that will work well in all European markets and vocational education systems. These European Sound Specialists (ESS) will operate at EQF Level 5 - they have specialised in sound engineering on top of a broad set of skills and practical experience in event engineering as a whole, are able to work autonomously in challenging environments and solve abstract problems, manage and supervise small teams and evaluate both themselves and their teams. An ESS can oversee setup and takedown work of moderately complex sound systems, ensure systematic testing, calibration and quality control, can offer input during the planning stage and feedback after the production wraps up, and performs sound operator duties in cooperation with stage assistants, systems engineers, radio engineers, IT infrastructure and other fields, as required by the production.

Completing this survey will take about 10 minutes. Thank you for supporting the ESSENCE project with your expertise as an employer/customer of freelance personnel.
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In which municipality is your company/venue/institution located?
What are its main activities?
If you employ people, how much people are on the payroll of your organisation?
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If you work with freelancers, can you give us an estimate on how many there are in your pool?
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What is your working area? (multiple options possible)
Question about skills
The following questions are about skills you think every sound technician/operator must have. You can think about practical skills, but we are also interested in what soft skills you think are needed in a successfull working relationship. Soft skills are the combination of people skills, social skills, communication skills, emotional intelligence, and personality traits that make it easy to get along and work harmoniously with other people.
Name 5-20 broad core skills every sound engineer/technician/operator must have.
Which of these skills do you miss most often in people who you are considering for a job?
Which additional skills would you like to see in a sound engineer/technician/operator?
For what types of work would you hire a dedicated specialist rather than a generalist sound engineer/technician/operator?
Which of these specialists are hardest to find?
Do you use diploma's or certificates as guidance for hiring decisions? If so, which ones do you trust in particular?
Would a European Sound Specialist skills certificate (which would be recognized in different European countries) give you a direct advantage in your business?
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Can you tell us why you think this?
Are you willing to contribute to our project. For instance by reading documents and commenting on them?
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Would you like to get updates about the project?
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You are not obliged to provide name and email adress. It's good to know we will not use this information for anything else then contact you if you answered one of the above questions with yes, or if we would like to clarify some of the answers.
What is your name?
What is your e-mail address?
Is there anything else you would like to tell us at this point?
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