Young people in broadcasting
Our Apprenticeship scheme helps bring young people into the world of broadcasting
We’re regularly recruiting both graduates and apprentices into our Media & Broadcast team. In fact we’ve had four new recruits join this September – two graduates and two apprentices.
Because we appreciate the importance of the next generation entering the broadcast world. We also recognise how difficult it is for young people to get their first foot on the ladder. Which is why we run our Apprenticeship scheme so we can nurture new talent for the future.
Making it possible
One of our ex-apprentices, Ian Daniels, who has been with us for around 24 years, is now leading our Digital Media Technologies Trailblazer apprenticeship. He has worked closely with Ravensbourne university to create a new degree course entitled ‘Digital Media Technology’ and he’s been helping to pave the way for the next generation of talent.
More recently, we’ve had graduates undertake our scheme and go on to find success within the broadcasting industry:
Jack Downey. In 2011 Jack started a Higher Apprenticeship with BT TV and had numerous roles, from Service Introduction to 2nd Line Support Operations. He undertook this while studying for an IT foundation degree which was topped up to a full BSc Honours Degree upon completion of his apprenticeship. After finishing the scheme in 2014, he was given a role within Network Management for BT Media & Broadcast. He’s also taken on the responsibility of managing the current BT Tower-based apprentices, including the integration of a more Digital Media focused foundation degree programme that was increased to a full degree programme in September 2015. Jack has been a great spokesperson for our apprenticeship scheme, talking at different events such as SMPTE and on various online publications, helping to highlight the benefits of our scheme and how we’ve helped students complete their studies, learn new skills and fulfil their potentials.
Sean Norgate. Sean’s currently a Higher Apprentice with BT TV, having started the scheme in 2014. Since then he’s worked in different roles supporting various aspects of BT’s IPTV service and presently sits in the 2nd Line Support Team for the BT Sport app, where he uses statistics to identify issues and determine root causes. Before joining BT, Sean studied Maths and Physics at the University of Warwick, before the passion of broadcast called and he joined our apprenticeship. Now he is studying for the Digital Media Technology foundation degree course at Ravensbourne. Sean has found our apprenticeship very beneficial as ‘BT have tailored the foundation degree to my specific role’ – meaning he’s on his way to finishing his degree and with one year left he’s considering topping this up to a full BSc and continuing his career in TV and broadcasting. We’re also proud to say that Sean has won two awards for ‘apprentice of the year 2015’ and got to visit 10 Downing Street and meet David Cameron as a result. This year, Sean has been shortlisted for the 2016 ITP Christopher Mills Award. The Christopher Mills Award celebrates apprentices who demonstrate a great use of ICT or maths over and above what is expected He’s also been very influential in giving career talks to younger people about apprenticeships.
At BT, we’re always on the search for new ideas, new answers and new technologies. But we’re looking for new people too. Our apprenticeship schemes help young people broaden their knowledge and gain better careers in the broadcasting industry.
If you want to find out more about our apprenticeship schemes, get in touch using one of the methods below.