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The Sheffield College has launched a new partnership with one of the UK’s largest outside broadcast companies to boost students’ skills and career prospects.
Televideo, a leading supplier of outside broadcast and television productions, wants to train the next generation of local media industry talent to fill skills shortages and support regional growth in the creative industries sector. The Televideo Academy will launch this summer.
The company has agreed to recruit 14 Sheffield College apprentices and provide work experience and industry talks to students on related College courses such as media and broadcast.
The new partnership marks a major milestone following the unveiling of the new £8.8 million state-of-the-art facilities at The Sheffield College’s Hillsborough campus on Livesey Street, enabling students to train and develop the skills that the creative industries need.
Paul Corcoran, Chief Executive, The Sheffield College, said: “Televideo is a leading employer in the outside broadcast industry with contracts around the world. This partnership means we can jointly address the national media and broadcast sector’s skill shortages by developing talent right here in Sheffield."
He added: “Combining the College’s high-tech facilities at Hillsborough with those at the Televideo Training academy will attract and inspire students, and help one of our leading local businesses grow in home and international markets.”
Places are available on full-time courses starting this September. School leavers and parents are invited to find out more at the College’s open evenings on April 14th, 18th and 19th from 5.00pm to 8.30pm, which take place simultaneously at City, Hillsborough, Olive Grove and Peaks campuses.
Televideo staff will attend the Hillsborough campus open evenings to provide an insight into media industry careers. Interested students can be shown around HD4 – one of the company’s largest outside broadcast units, which will be fully operational to give a taster of a live television broadcast.
Established in 1976, Televideo provides outside broadcast and production facilities to major broadcasters including the BBC, Channel 4, Sky Sport, Premier Sport, Eurosport and Channel 5.
The company, which has 55 staff and offices on Furnival Road in Sheffield as well as in Edinburgh, has grown to become one of the largest in its sector in the UK and operates 11 outside broadcast units.
The Televideo Academy hopes to recruit camera, video tape and graphics operators, and vision and sound engineers, as well as post-production staff, warehouse operatives and riggers.
Apprentices will be given the opportunity to work on the coverage of a wide range of live events including the British Superbike Championships, a number of BBC Radio 1 outside broadcasts such as Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Glastonbury, Ibiza and University Roadshows, world title boxing, Premier League football, Premiership rugby, and a variety of productions for Sky Sports.
Paul Scivill, Managing Director of Televideo, himself a former engineering apprentice and Sheffield College alumni, said: “We need more staff with the right skills and training to support business growth. Currently, we have to look for staff nationally when our priority is to recruit home grown talent and invest in the broadcast industry regionally.”
He added: “Our new partnership with The Sheffield College will help us to achieve that and provide training and career prospects to learners at all levels including apprentices as well as diploma and foundation degree students.”
For more information on the Televideo Academy, click here. Creative industries specialisms offered at The Sheffield College’s Hillsborough campus include art and design, graphic design, games development, media, music, journalism, dance and drama, and photography.
Courses previously located at Norton campus on Dyche Lane, which closed last summer, have moved across to Hillsborough campus. New facilities at Hillsborough campus include a performing arts theatre, as well as dance, drama, television, photography, music and radio studios, and £450,000 of new equipment.