Young Media Hopefuls Being Offered Olympic Opportunity

Ten young people are to be offered the chance to contribute towards the BBC's coverage of the Olympic Games next year – and the Commonwealth Games two years later, in Glasgow – as part of a new apprenticeship scheme.

Following an agreement struck between BBC Scotland, the John Wheatley College – in the East End of Glasgow – and the creative media skills body, Skillset Scotland, the apprenticeships will comprise a year-long course for people aged 18 and over who are not already in full-time employment, further education or training.

They will be based at BBC Scotland, John Wheatley College, plus at STV and a number of independent production companies who have also backed the programme.

Says a statement issued by the three partners: “Ultimately the aim is to provide the students with sufficient skills to enable them to contribute to the BBC’s Olympic output across TV, radio and online or look even further ahead by producing packages and content for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.

“BBC Scotland has chosen to work with John Wheatley College because the college has considerable experience of supporting apprenticeship training which is essential in helping develop personal and employability skills.”

The statement quotes BBC Scotland Olympics and Commonwealth editor, Sharon Mair, saying: “We are looking for people who are passionate about the media, full of ideas, and who are keen to help tell the story of the London 2012 Olympic Games to our audiences. 

“This is a great opportunity to develop a variety of skills and knowledge leading to a qualification within the media and I’m delighted that we have managed to create a collaborative approach to deliver this with BBC Scotland, John Wheatley College, Skillset Scotland, STV and a variety of independent companies.”

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