Westminster Kingsway College works with BBC to provide continued training for 2012 Apprenticeship scheme
06 February 2012
Westminster Kingsway College is to provide training for the third year of the BBC 2012 – London Apprentices scheme, part of the BBC’s commitment to ensure the London 2012 Olympic Games leaves a lasting legacy for audiences.
The London 2012 Apprentices scheme was launched in 2010 specifically aimed at people who want to gain a qualification while working. Over the three years to 2012, year-long apprenticeships have provided on the job training across programme making departments including productions such as Eastenders, Strictly Come Dancing, Newsround and The One Show. The Apprenticeship has also led to a Creative and Digital Media Level 3 BTEC and Diploma, provided in partnership with the BBC Academy and Westminster Kingsway College.
70% of the first BBC 2012 – London Apprentices, who finished their contracts in April 2011, have secured either casual, fixed term or continuing contracts in the BBC or other media employers. The success of the Apprenticeship scheme has led to the launch of further 2012 projects including the BBC 2012 Community Reporters and BBC 2012 Work Experience projects.
Caroline Prendergast, BBC London 2012, Skills & HR Director said: "This is about how we can use the 2012 Olympics as a platform for creating a social legacy for the UK. By creating these schemes we have provided the opportunity for individuals to gain skills and experience to allow them to become work ready and in some cases pursue a career in media. For the BBC it's about developing a more diverse workforce to generate new programme ideas and reach new audiences, in particular those we find hard to reach."
The BBC has been working with Westminster Kingsway College due to the College’s considerable experience in delivering learning and accreditation frameworks for Apprenticeship schemes. Ray Shilling, Head of Employer Training Solutions at Westminster Kingsway College, said: "We are delighted to be working once again in partnership with the BBC on the new Creative Media Apprenticeship framework, which we have customised to specifically meet the BBC's mission and values. Apprentices will have a high quality experience leading to an exciting and tangible result.”
For more information about the BBC 2012 London Apprentices scheme please go to: http://www.bbc.co.uk/careers/trainee-schemes/2012-apprenticeship.
National Apprenticeship Week 2012 is organised by The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) and takes place from Monday 6 February to Friday 10 February 2012. It celebrates the talent and skills of apprentices from across the country. Visit http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/or http://www.employertrainingsolutions.co.uk/ for further information.
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