Another Successful BBC Apprenticeship Programme!

Yet another group of hugely talented young people have just completed their Modern Apprenticeship with BBC Scotland in partnership with Glasgow Kelvin College and Creative Skillset Scotland, and progressed to a wide variety of exciting options in the film and TV production industry!

Not to be outdone, a new group of creative young Scots have been recruited to the 2014/15 programme, making this the fourth of these hugely successful programmes which identify, cultivate and develop future talent.BBCAppsrecruits14b

The young learners will spend two days per month at Glasgow Kelvin College learning many of the technical and vocational skills they might require, as well as personal development and core skills.  The remainder of their week will be spent on work placement within the exciting film, media and TV production industry in Glasgow where students will rotate their work experience through all the genres at BBC Scotland and other major creative media organisations and independent production companies.

This last year’s successful learners celebrated their achievements at a presentation event at BBC Scotland on Pacific Quay.  The apprenticeship programme has provided a springboard to a career in production, with some of the young students going onto advanced qualifications and degrees in higher education and others moving onto further work at BBC Scotland.  Two graduates from the programme two years ago were integral parts of the production team for the BBC Radio Scotland ‘Commonwealth Voices’ pop-up station at Parkhead Forge.

Creative Skillset Scotland, the Sector Skills Council for creative industries, support the certification of the Modern Apprenticeship in Creative & Digital Media Skills.  Scotland Director of Creative Skillset, Alasdair Smith, said,

“The BBC Apprenticeship programme continues to be an exciting adventure for Creative Skillset, where the partners have pulled together and supported the young people to achieve their goal. We celebrate their commitment and hard work in developing new skills over the past year. We are delighted to be involved with the programme and look forward to supporting the new group in the months to come.”

A proud Sharon Mair, Project Executive of Commonwealth Games at BBC Scotland, said,

“There are three words which exemplify this hugely successful programme  –  Collaboration, Confidence and Opportunity.  It’s only through the hard work and commitment from our partners, students and staff in this year’s BBC Scotland’s apprenticeship scheme that we can achieve such success.

“This year’s apprentices have gelled especially well as a team and it has been a real pleasure to support them as they grow in confidence and develop their undoubted talents.  The programme has given them the opportunity to display their skills and prove that they can fulfil an essential role in the production process.  I’m sure they’ll each go onto achieve greater things, having established strong and worthwhile relationships and contacts in the industry.

“I’m delighted we are able to continue with this programme and give the opportunity to 10 new apprentices to join the next scheme for the coming year.   I look forward to working with all of them and watching how they develop in the way our current crop have in such spectacular style.”

Ken MacQuarrie, Director of BBC Scotland, congratulated the apprentices who had completed the programme saying,

“Our organisations have come together in a partnership of equality, openness and honesty to bring about positive results.  Tonight is about celebrating the achievements of all of these inspirational young people who have had the opportunity to work in the many different departments of television production and have done such a fantastic job.”

Principal of Glasgow Kelvin College, Alan Sherry, said,

“We are delighted to know that we will continue our involvement with the BBC Scotland Apprenticeship programme and I am extremely pleased with the positive results of this year’s successful learners.  Key to the success of the programme is the provision of work experience opportunities through BBC Scotland which, when combined with the delivery of specialist skills by College staff, has produced talented and confident young apprentices who are a real credit to Glasgow Kelvin College.

“We congratulate this year’s learners on their success and look forward to supporting the coming year’s cohort of new learners, cementing the partnership with BBC Scotland and Creative Skillset Scotland as part of our contribution to supporting the creative media sector in Scotland.”

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