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BT have recently announced their partnership with the National Film and Television School (NFTS), one of the world’s leading film, games and television schools in order to encourage young people to train as a broadcast engineers and production technologists. This is due to the lack of current skilled individuals working in the sector.
In an attempt to bridge this gap, BT will be offering a student scholarship at the NFTS to complete a Production Technology MA. The two-year course will give the successful student the skills that are required to support all aspects of production technology in both live and recorded environments. After completing the masters, graduates will be invited to apply for a job with BT.
In addition to this, BT will give up to six students the opportunity to gain a work placement within the BT TV team. This placement will be based at either the iconic BT Tower in London or the BT Labs in Ipswich. BT also recently announced their plans to recruit 1,700 apprentices and graduates across the UK within various roles in their TV team.
This is all part of BT’s continued work surrounding early careers to encourage graduates and apprentices onto schemes that will give them the skills that they need to set them up for a career with BT. This is a great opportunity for the individuals who are involved in BT’s programmes to work with one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, who work in 180 countries.
The NFTS has also had a focus on postgraduate education since it opened its doors for the first time in 1971 after the government recommended the creation of national film school for the UK in 1967. In the 1980’s the national film school changed its name to NFTS, in order to incorporate the demand that they were seeing for courses in television production, they have since added games to their courses options.
Greg McCall, managing director of BT TV, said: “We’re looking forward to working with the NFTS and supporting the broadcast industry’s talent pipeline.
“As we continue to evolve our growing TV arm and provide our audiences with the highest quality content, we need the most talented broadcast engineers on board to help us do that.
“Today’s announcement is part of our ambition to transform the UK’s tech literacy as we firmly believe it’s the best way to equip young people to get ahead in the workplace while helping to fuel the economy. We’re really looking forward to working with the NFTS to support our goal and help inspire the next generation of broadcast engineers.”
Nik Powell, NFTS director, said: “The UK is facing a crisis in broadcast engineering as there is a significant lack of skilled people applying for positions. According to some estimates, 60% of all broadcast engineers are within five years of retirement, and there are not enough new engineers being trained at the moment.
“It’s fantastic news that BT has come on board to partner with us on this exciting new MA. Both BT and NFTS have content and technology at their heart: BT is leading the way in combining leading edge technology with compelling content and services and at the NFTS, technology and tech know-how is becoming increasingly important in delivering our award-winning content. I am looking forward to working together to deliver a compelling and practical curriculum that will help solve this looming skills gap by providing highly skilled graduates who can hit the ground running.”
Applications for the Production Technology MA are open until September 7th 2017 and the course will commence in January 2018.
There is a dedicated open day and free taster workshop for the course on May 18th – sign up here.
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