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BT partners with National Film and Television School to address skills gap in broadcast engineering

Press Release   •   May 02, 2017 09:47 BST


BT has announced a partnership with the National Film and Television School (NFTS) to encourage people to train as broadcast engineers and production technologists to help combat the current skills deficit in the sector.

BT will offer a scholarship to support a student through the Production Technology MA, a two year course which equips successful applicants with the skills required to support all aspects of production technology in live and recorded environments. After completing the masters, graduates will be invited to apply for a job with the company.

BT is also providing up to six students with work placements in the BT TV team, to be based at the iconic BT Tower in London or the BT Labs in Ipswich.

The company recently announced plans to recruit 1,700 apprentices and graduates across the UK, with numerous posts available in the TV team.

Greg McCall, managing director of BT TV, said: “We’re looking forward to working with the NFTS and supporting the broadcast industry’s talent pipeline.

“As we continue to evolve our growing TV arm and provide our audiences with the highest quality content, we need the most talented broadcast engineers on board to help us do that.

“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, said: “The UK is facing a crisis in broadcast engineering as there is a significant lack of skilled people applying for positions. According to some estimates, 60% of all broadcast engineers are within five years of retirement, and there are not enough new engineers being trained at the moment.

“It’s fantastic news that BT has come on board to partner with us on this exciting new MA. Both BT and NFTS have content and technology at their heart: BT is leading the way in combining leading edge technology with compelling content and services and at the NFTS, technology and tech know-how is becoming increasingly important in delivering our award-winning content. 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 commence in January 2018. There is a dedicated open day and free taster workshop for the course on May 18th – sign up here.

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About the National Film and Television School

The NFTS is one of the world's leading film, games and television schools. It has been cited by some media as one of the top five film schools globally and by one as the No.1 international film school. In 1967, the government recommended the creation of a national film school for the UK and in 1971 the National Film School opened its doors for the first time focussing on postgraduate education. In the 1980s, the school officially changed its name to the National Film and Television School to incorporate the demand for courses in television production and has since added games to its remit.

For more information, please visit www.nfts.co.uk