The 2017/18 cohort of Level 3 media apprentices returned to Pinewood Studio Wales this February as they reached the halfway point of their year-long training scheme. The fifteen apprentices – employees of Amplified Business Content, BBC Cymru Wales and ITV Cymru Wales – took a fortnight out from the world of work to make progress in their qualifications. Each apprentice met with their industry assessors to look at what they’ve achieved in the first six months of the programme.
The two-week long learning block is a great way for the apprentices to share their experiences of the workplace with each other. With such a wide range of jobs between them, including an apprentice journalist, costume apprentices, digital & marketing apprentices and an apprentice grip, their day-to-day experiences are quite different, but they all know what it’s like to go take your first steps in the media industry.
Holly Garrett, a radio apprentice at BBC Cymru Wales, said:
I’ve had a busy six months on programmes like The Wynne Evans Show and The Janice Long Show. It’s great to have on-the-job experience but still be able to focus on the qualification while we’re here.
ITV Cymru Wales’ apprentice team assistant Izzy Bryce added:
It’s been great to have the insight into the news and programmes made at ITV Cymru Wales, and the support and guidance of my assessor has been really valuable so far.
Jennifer Stiling, a video and design apprentice with Amplified Business Content, said:
I love my job at ABC and I work with a fantastic team, but as the only apprentice there, it’s refreshing to be with the others going through the same experience on the learning block.
Watch this video, produced by BBC Cymru Wales’ unscripted production apprentice Adam Neal, where the apprentices tell us their story so far.