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27 February 2012

Exciting new apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media

Wales’ most exciting apprenticeship programme has been officially launched at an event in the new BBC Drama Village at Roath Lock. The course has just entered its second year, with a team of apprentices beginning their creative and digital media careers with companies ranging from BBC Cymru Wales to Cwmni Da, Horse & Country TV, Telesgop and RealSFX.

The 2012 intake into the Skillset Cymru Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media was launched at Roath Lock studios as part of National Apprenticeship Week on the 8th of February.

The twelve-month Apprenticeship is a partnership between Skillset Cymru, BBC Cymru Wales and the independent sector which provides a broad introduction into working in the creative media industries. 18 Apprentices will gain on the job, practical training and experience as well as classroom-based learning at either Coleg Llandrillo Cymru or Cardiff and Vale College, leading to a Level 3 Certificate in Creative and Digital Media – an industry recognised qualification.

Ten learners from the Creative and Digital Media apprenticeship course are based at BBC Wales’ new Roath Lock studios in Cardiff, working on high-profile programmes such as Casualty and Pobol y Cwm.

The 18 apprentices are training in a variety of roles, such as production, costume, make-up, camera, editing, post-production, programme scheduling, set construction and rigging.

Director of Skillset Cymru, Gwawr Hughes, said: “The Skillset Apprenticeship is an exciting and effective way for young people from all over the country to find their way into Wales’ creative and digital industries.

"The success of our first group of Skillset apprenticeships shows what can be achieved when training programmes are aligned directly with the skills needs of employers.”

Rhodri Talfan Davies, Director of BBC Cymru Wales, said: "BBC Cymru Wales is committed to developing the next generation of creative and media talent. Some of the BBC's most-loved content – like Doctor Who, Casualty, Merlin, Sherlock and Pobol Y Cwm is made in Wales. By working with Skillset Cymru we can ensure that we can give the best training possible to the programme-makers of the future."

This comes after more than 80% of apprentices who recently completed the first apprenticeship in 2011 were offered full-time continued employment in the media industry in Wales. They are now working in positions ranging from TV production to digital and interactive media.

The Head of Faculty for Creative, Culture and Foundation Studies at Cardiff and Vale College, Simon Bracken, said: “This is both a challenging and exciting time for the Welsh Media Industry, and we see the training up of young talent as vital to the future success and growth of the Industry.”

To find out more or to apply for the next intake on this course please email: apprenticeships@cavc.ac.uk


Read about Bethan Harris' experience here: http://cavc.ac.uk/en/adults/adult-students/bethan-harris/

Read about Daniel Owen's experience here: http://cavc.ac.uk/en/adults/adult-students/daniel-owen/

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