BT and the National Film and Television School have partnered to offer a scholarship to encourage people to train as broadcast engineers and production technologists.
BT will offer a scholarship to support a student through the Production Technology MA, a two year course which equips students with the skills required in all aspects of production technology in live and recorded environments.
This scholarship will aim to help combat the current skills deficit in the sector. After completing the masters, graduates will be invited to apply for a job at BT.
In addition to this, BT is also providing up to six students with work placements in the BT TV team, to be based at the BT Tower in London or the BT Labs in Ipswich.
The news follows the company's plans to recruit 1,700 apprentices and graduates across the UK, with many posts available in the TV team.
Greg McCall, Managing Director of BT TV, said: “Today’s announcement is part of our ambition to transform the UK’s tech literacy as we firmly believe it’s the best way to equip young people to get ahead in the workplace while helping to fuel the economy. We’re really looking forward to working with the NFTS to support our goal and help inspire the next generation of broadcast engineers."
Nik Powell, NFTS Director, added: “The UK is facing a crisis in broadcast engineering as there is a significant lack of skilled people applying for positions. It’s fantastic news that BT has come on board to partner with us on this exciting new MA. I am looking forward to working together to deliver a compelling and practical curriculum that will help solve this looming skills gap by providing highly skilled graduates who can hit the ground running.”
Applications for the Production Technology MA are open until September 7th 2017 and the course will start in January 2018. There is an open day and taster workshop for the MA course on May 18th.
The Royal Television Society offers bursaries for those studying engineering and computer science at undergraduate level. Click here to find out more or to apply.