Interview with an apprentice – Daniel Snelling


To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2020 we’ve interviewed 5 of our past apprentices who have achieved success in their careers following their apprenticeship. Our fifth and final interviewee of the series is Daniel Snelling.

Name:                                     Daniel Snelling
Age:                                         21
From:                                      Newport
Apprentice Employer:        Real SFX
Apprentice Job Title:          Special Effects Apprentice

What were you doing prior to the apprenticeship?

Prior to my apprenticeship, I was a warehouse manager for a small company that installed LED screens for clients such as Carphone Warehouse and Dixon’s Travel. Fortunately, with this prior knowledge, I was able to adapt to Real SFX’s workshop very easily.

Why did you want to do the apprenticeship?

I have always wanted to work in the TV and Film industry but didn’t know how to get my foot in the door. Sgil Cymru was a great way for me to gain a qualification, learn while I earn and create industry contacts from day 1.

What did the apprentice job entail?

As an SFX apprentice, I was tasked with cleaning and maintenance of kit, general organization of workshop stock and consumables, loading vans with relevant kit for an effect and maintenance of vans.

What programmes/projects did you work on?

Towards the end of my year, I was able to go out on sets such as His Dark Materials, Doctor Who, Dracula and Intergalactic.

What happened when you completed your apprenticeship?

Since my apprenticeship has finished, I have received full time employment with Real SFX. I have been given more responsibility within my role and progressed to become a consistent team member.

Have you changed/grown as a result of the apprenticeship?

Using the knowledge I have gained throughout my apprenticeship, I am now more confident when working in the workshop and on set.

What is the next career step for you?

Due to my qualification, I have now found a viable career path into the film and TV industry.