In 2016 Osian Davies, 20 from Glan Conwy, completed his Level 3 Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media through Sgil Cymru. Osian worked as a Factual Production Apprentice at BBC Cymru Wales in Llandaff. Since finishing his apprenticeship Osian has continued to work within the factual department in BBC Cymru Wales. Here’s his story.
Prior to his media apprenticeship Osian was working in a hotel restaurant whilst studying towards his A Levels in North Wales.
When I started studying my A Levels I thought I wanted to be a performer. Soon enough I realised that it wasn’t for me and that I wanted to work behind the scenes of a production. I also came to the realisation that I didn’t want to go to University either. I don’t see myself as an academic person and found that vocational learning suited me best. Following this, I started looking for media apprenticeships in theatre and media and stumbled upon the Level 3 Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media.
Following his appointment as Factual Production Apprentice Osian started working on programmes including The One Show, BBC Young Musician, X-Ray, Bargain Hunt and Coast.
Osian had the opportunity to take on many different tasks throughout his apprenticeship including research work on The One Show. His duties included sourcing stories, contributors, locations and archive for the shoots. This gave Osian the opportunity to work closely with the Directors, Production Management Assistants and Series Producers and to help take the story from beginning to broadcast. Osian’s job changed on a daily basis and allowed Osian to work on a variety of different programmes and gain invaluable experience.
I had the chance to look after contestants and the judges on BBC Young Musician, maintain the camera kit and help set it up on location with X-Ray alongside shadowing the Runners on Bargain Hunt whilst helping them set up casting calls and filming on location.
Following his apprenticeship, Osian started working as a Runner on Bargain Hunt and has continued to work for BBC Cymru Wales since. As well as this Osian has returned to work on The One Show and is now working as a Casting Researcher on Bargain Hunt.
The apprenticeship allowed me to show my true potential. It gave me more confidence and the hands-on training and experience I needed.