CAVC and BBC Cymru Wales join forces to launch major new apprenticeship and training scheme
BBC Cymru Wales has announced plans to offer 300 training places as part of efforts to recruit and develop a new generation of content-makers in readiness for the move to its new home in Central Square in Cardiff.
The new scheme - announced as part of National Apprenticeship Week - will also see the creation of 20 new full-time journalism apprenticeship and trainee placements.
In response to rapid changes in the media sector, BBC Wales has been working with the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), Creative Skillset and the Welsh Government to develop Wales’s first entry-level (level 3) Diploma in Journalism.
This new apprenticeship will be delivered through Cardiff and Vale College in partnership with the BBC Academy, with a focus on attracting people from under-represented communities. Initially ten apprentices will be recruited with applications opening later this year. BBC Wales will begin to move to its new home in Cardiff city centre in Autumn 2019.
The apprenticeships will be part of a wider package of up to 300 new training places created by BBC Wales to support recruitment to news, sport and radio posts. The first training opportunities will be available from Autumn 2018.
Rhodri Talfan Davies, Director of BBC Wales said:
“At a time of unprecedented change, this is an opportunity for us to help develop a new generation of content-makers in communities across Wales.
“It’s vital that we promote greater diversity across the creative industries in Wales and this new programme will help turbo-charge our efforts. The scheme will also play an important role in strengthening journalism training in Wales.”
Principal of Cardiff and Vale College, Kay Martin, said:
“Cardiff and Vale College is delighted to have joined forces with the BBC to develop and design an apprenticeship programme for journalists. The College has a long history of working with the BBC to provide work based learning opportunities for young people in Creative and Digital Media. That apprenticeship has become an essential part of BBC Cymru Wales’ new entrant policy, so this is an excellent opportunity to develop our long-standing relationship with one the largest employers in the country.
“CAVC will work closely with Cardiff University which, as home to the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, has a long-established and extremely well respected reputation for its expertise and experience in delivering journalism courses, as well as the BBC and other local universities to deliver this exciting new apprenticeship opportunity for young people across the UK.”
The Apprenticeship Programme is funded by the Welsh Government with support from the European Social Fund.