School Boy to Sport Apprentice, Dylan’s Story

Dylan Mohammad-Smart started his apprenticeship in 2014 on a level 3 Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media. Dylan, 19 from Pontypridd, worked as a Radio Sport Apprentice at BBC Cymru Wales in Llandaff, Cardiff.

Whilst studying for his GCSEs Dylan completed two days work experience with the BBC Sport department in January 2014. It was here that Dylan was told about the apprenticeship by the Managing Editor in the department. Having always had a passion for sport Dylan knew that the apprenticeship would be the perfect opportunity to get his foot in the door.

Dylan said:

I have a passion for Sport and have always had a huge interest in the media side, whether that was playing it, reading the Sport columns in the newspapers, watching it on TV or listening to it on the radio. The apprenticeship seemed a perfect opportunity to kickstart my career.

His apprenticeship in BBC Cymru Wales gave Dylan the opportunity to work on the radio side of the Sport department. His workload included cutting audio clips for bulletins, writing links for the presenters to say on air as well as setting up guests for the Radio Wales Sport show. Dylan also worked on some big projects including Wales football, Rugby internationals and the Wales Sport Awards.

Dylan said:

Taking the apprenticeship was the best decision I’ve ever made. I had just turned 16 when I started so I had to grow up quickly.

Even though Dylan was only 16 when he started the apprenticeship his work ethic and knowledge of all things Sport quickly impressed his fellow colleagues. This meant he was kept on to work in the Radio side of the Sport department following the completion of his apprenticeship.

Over the past two years Dylan has worked in a variety of different roles, including Onsite Producing. He is now a fully trained Social Media Producer which means he is in charge of running the Twitter and Facebook pages for BBC Wales Sport and BBC Scrum V. Dylan also films and edits his own content which is then published across their social media pages and the BBC Sport website.

Dylan said:

I have been working in Social Media since October 2016 so am still relatively new to it and have much to learn in a rapidly growing area. I hope to see myself staying on the social side for the foreseeable future. 

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