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3 October 2011

New Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media in Wales launches

The Welsh creative and media talent of the future is being sought from across Wales as a new Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media launches today. 

The twelve-month Apprenticeship, a partnership between Skillset Cymru, BBC Cymru Wales and the independent sector, will provide a broad introduction into working in the creative media industries.  Up to 25 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.

The Apprentices will learn the creative and technical skills they need to build a media career in Wales, as well as a range of other core media industry skills – like communication, team working, creative thinking and health and safety. During their work placements, the Apprentices will also be taught specific skills in at least one of the following specialist areas: Post Production; Set Construction and Rigging; Camera & Lighting; Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics; Costume; Animation; Production; Interactive Media.

Rhodri Talfan Davies, Director 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 and we’ve built a well-deserved reputation as a centre of excellence for drama and media.  As BBC Wales moves into its high-tech new studios in Roath Lock, it’s important to us to continue to nurture new talent – on site and on set. Working with Skillset Cymru and the organisation’s extensive knowledge of training the industry will ensure that we can give the best training possible to the programme-makers of the future”.

Gwawr Hughes, Director, Skillset Cymru said "Skillset Cymru’s Apprenticeship programme is an innovative approach to new talent development. Our partnership with BBC Cymru Wales next year will ensure that people will have an opportunity to experience our exciting industry first hand, whilst also studying for a vocational qualification”

Twelve placements will be available with BBC Cymru Wales with independent companies working with a further 10/12 Apprentices.

The application window is open from Monday 3 October until midnight on Friday 15 October. Selection will take place in November with the first Apprentices starting their training in January 2012.

For more details and to apply, visit www.skillset.org/walesapprenticeship