Dinas Powys youngster lands dream job
1:02pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
A DINAS Powys youngster has landed a dream job working for BBC Cymru Wales following the launch of a pilot apprenticeship programme.
Hannah Deakin, 19, has been given the opportunity to work for the public service broadcaster following the launch of a pilot apprenticeship programme by Creative Skillset Cymru, funded by the Welsh Government’s Sector Priorities Fund Pilot (SPFP) with additional support from the European Social Fund.
Hannah, from Dinas Powys, will undertake a 15 month level 4 higher Apprenticeship in creative and digital media – interactive pathway, which involves 12 weeks of training, followed by a 12 month placement working with BBC Cymru Wales
Hannah was shortlisted for the apprenticeship programme after applying for the vacancy via the Apprenticeship Matching Service. She was invited to an assessment day where she was challenged to undertake a number of creative tasks and present her ideas back to the group. The employers were invited to meet the candidates and select the individuals they were interested in interviewing for the roles available and appointments were made thereafter. Hannah, who will be working on BBC Wales’ Interactive and Learning websites during her apprenticeship, said: “I can’t believe I have been selected to work for BBC Cymru Wales. It’s a dream come true. I have always been interested in TV production so this is a unique chance to not only gain invaluable work experience in an extremely competitive field of work, but also gain a qualification and key skills for my future career development, while also earning a salary. It is a fantastic opportunity and I can’t wait to get started.”
The EU- backed innovative new pilot programme aims to unearth creative talent and match the skills of individuals with apprenticeship opportunities in media. At the end of their apprenticeship, candidates will receive a level 4 Higher Apprenticeship qualification and will have the chance of a full time job offer.
Catherine Morrissey, Talent Manager at BBC Cymru Wales, said: “We’re really looking forward to working with Hannah over the next 15 months, helping her to develop her skills and gain valuable experience in the workplace. The new level 4 interactive media apprenticeship is a good opportunity for young people, who want to work in the creative industries, to acquire new skills in a busy and vibrant working environment.”
“We look forward to working with her over the next 15 months and developing her natural talent, enthusiasm and skills.”
Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Ken Skates, said: “These opportunities are invaluable for young people wanting to work in media. The industry is known for being competitive and it can be difficult for young people to obtain hands-on, practical, industry experience.
“The digital world is also continuously changing and so it is more important now, than ever before, for young people to keep on top of industry changes. The opportunity to work with Wales’ top media bodies is also incomparable and I look forward to witnessing the next generation of Welsh media talent which will come from this apprenticeship programme.”
Huw Walters, Creative Skillset Cymru Director said, “The Welsh Creative Industries' are growing. To support that growth and ensure continued competitiveness we need talented and vibrant people from all backgrounds to work in interactive media roles – and beyond. That is why Creative Skillset Cymru has worked in partnership with industry to develop the first ever Higher Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media. It is fantastic to be working with Cyfle on this pilot scheme to inject new talent into the media industries."