The training exercise was organised by Televideo, one of the UK’s leading outside broadcast and television production companies. The Sheffield-based business has recently recruited 16 apprentices to fill skills shortages and support growth in the creative industries sector.
The company needs more camera, videotape and graphics operators, vision and sound engineers, post-production staff, warehouse operatives and riggers.
This month, the College apprentices were put through their paces as they rehearsed setting up rigging, and sound and video equipment to live stream and film sports activities at High Storrs School on March 14th.
Paul Corcoran, Chief Executive, The Sheffield College, said: “Apprenticeships provide employers with a fantastic opportunity to recruit and mould talent to their business needs. We are delighted to work with Televideo to address skill shortages and boost business growth.”
Apprentices spend four days a week with the company on assignments, developing and learning their skills on the job, that include the British Superbike Championships, BBC Radio 1 events, Premier League football, Premiership rugby, and Sky Sports broadcasts.
They also spend one day a week training in the £8.8 million creative industries facilities at The Sheffield College’s Hillsborough campus on Livesey Street. For more information on apprenticeship vacancies, click here.
Apprentice Alex Pickering, aged 19, from Rotherham, is training as a camera operator. He said: “I have a keen interest in sport and decided to take the plunge and start an apprenticeship. I studied A Levels but decided I didn’t want to go to university. I just wanted to get straight into the world of work. I’m really enjoying the apprenticeship.”
Alex added: “I love working under pressure, and to deadline, and learning on the job. We’ve been on some great assignments including amateur and world boxing, basketball and world wrestling assignments. A lot of friends have gone to university but I feel that I am ahead of them now with my industry skills and experience.”
Apprentice Alex Rodin, aged 41, from Rotherham, is a former acrobat who travelled the world performing his own shows on cruise ships. Alex, who originates from Russia, moved to England 20 years-ago and is completing English and Maths qualifications alongside his apprenticeship.
He said: “This is a second career for me but there are some similarities between what I do now on the apprenticeship and my previous job. I used to have to think about the lighting and sound for my acrobatics shows, and I am using some of those skills in this job.”
Alex added: “I was thinking about studying for a photography degree as I enjoy taking pictures in my spare time. But after some research, I realised that videography skills are much more in demand. It’s great doing an apprenticeship as it’s a good way to get into a different job and I really like the on-the-job training.”
Paul Scivill, Managing Director, Televideo, said: “Our priority is to recruit home grown talent, create jobs and invest in the broadcast industry regionally. We are really pleased to be working with The Sheffield College to train our first apprentices in the right skills that support our business growth.”
Established in 1976, Televideo provides outside broadcast and production facilities to major broadcasters including the BBC, Channel 4, Sky Sport, Premier Sport, Eurosport and Channel 5.
The company, which has 55 staff and offices on Furnival Road in Sheffield as well as in Edinburgh, has grown to become one of the largest in its sector in the UK and operates 11 outside broadcast units. Visit http://www.televideo.co.uk.
The Sheffield College is the largest provider of work-based courses in Sheffield and the surrounding areas, and works with around 850 employers on apprenticeship programmes for more than 2,000 apprentices aged 16 to 24 and older.
The College can also provide advice and information to employers on the new apprenticeship levy, being introduced by the government in April 2017, and how they can prepare for it. For more information on how to benefit if you are an employer, click here or call 0114 2602600.