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08/08/2013

Creative Skillset Launches Level 6 Creative Apprenticeship

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Creative Skillset has announced a recent collaboration with the BBC and the Universities of Salford and Birmingham City that saw the creation of the first level 6 higher apprenticeship for the Creative Industries.
The Higher Apprenticeship in Broadcast Technology will provide training at a level equivalent to a university degree.
It has been developed to enable learners to gain technical knowledge and practical experience whilst still earning.
"The innovative new programme will address critical skills shortages in the broadcast and technology sector and aims to attract a more diverse range of young people into the industry," a statement from Creative Skillset said.
The apprenticeship will combine modular learning in a university setting and training at the BBC Academy, along with work placements across BBC sites as well as with selected industry partners and SMEs.
The Advisory Board for the apprenticeship includes key employers in the sector, ITV, Channel 4, Red Bee Media, Arqiva and the BBC. It is chaired independently by the University of Salford.
Dinah Caine CBE, Chief Executive of Creative Skillset, said: "The creation of this new qualification is a fantastic achievement. It is an exciting new pathway for young people looking to get ahead in the field of broadcast engineering and will support the development of the creative talent of the future."
Anne Morrison, Director of the BBC Academy said: "The skills required by broadcast engineers are changing as new technologies emerge. So we worked closely with the business and the wider broadcast industry, universities and Creative Skillset to understand exactly what knowledge, skills and experience new Apprentice Broadcast Engineers should gain. I was delighted when the first intake started at the BBC on 30 July."
Saint John Walker, Head of Development at Creative Skillset, added: "The Higher Apprenticeship in Broadcast Technology is a ground-breaking development for the broadcast sector and for the industry as a whole. Not only is it the first Level 6 apprenticeship for the Creative Industries, it is also the first programme of its kind to be developed in association with higher education providers working together with a major employer."
www.creativeskillset.org
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