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BBC Scotland and John Wheatley College launch 2013 Skillset Modern Apprenticeship scheme
BBC Scotland and John Wheatley College in Glasgow have launched a second 12-month Skillset Modern Apprenticeship scheme as part of the Corporation's contribution to the Commonwealth Games.
Using the Skillset Modern Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media, 10 apprentices will be offered both vocational and formal teaching in a variety of broadcast production skills.
The year-long scheme is aimed at those aged 18 and over who are not already in employment or further education and training will take place both at John Wheatley College, the BBC Scotland studios, STV and at a number of independent production companies who have also backed the initiative.
Ultimately the aim is to provide the students with sufficient skills to enable them to contribute to the BBC's 2014 Commonwealth Games output from Glasgow across television, radio, online and supporting areas.
BBC Scotland Commonwealth Games editor Sharon Mair said: "We are looking for people who are passionate about the media, full of ideas, and who are keen to help tell the story of the 2014 Commonwealth Games to our audiences. This is a fantastic opportunity for the apprentices as the modern apprenticeship scheme is supported right across the industry."
Alan Sherry, Principal of John Wheatley College, said: "This year's inaugural Apprenticeship scheme brought significant opportunities in the field of Creative Technologies, widening access to employment in our own community and beyond.
"John Wheatley College is delighted that BBC Scotland continues to be a partner in the delivery of this trail-blazing programme. We are eager to add our core skills expertise to the crucial element of practical workplace experience which the BBC and their partners will establish. This will help to inspire, develop and nurture creative talent in Scotland whilst contributing to a Commonwealth Games legacy."
Skillset's director of Scotland, Alasdair Smith, said: "The Skillset Modern Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media is a fantastic way for businesses to draft in exciting new talent from a diverse range of backgrounds, tailoring their development to the individual businesses' needs.
"Skillset is here to help all Scottish media businesses to benefit from this innovative new qualification. We can provide advice on how to access the attractive range of financial incentives available for taking on a new apprentice so that, with our help, the Scottish media business will be able to fully embrace this new programme."
Skillset is the creative industries' Sector Skills Council which comprises TV, film, radio, interactive media, animation, computer games, facilities, photo imaging, publishing, advertising and fashion and textiles.
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