First ever level 6 higher apprenticeship for the creative industries announced

The first level 6 higher apprenticeship for the creative industries has been developed by Creative Skillset in collaboration with the BBC and the Universities of Salford and Birmingham City.

According to a press release, the higher apprenticeship in Broadcast Technology will provide training at a level equivalent to a university degree. The programme will combat the skills shortage in the broadcast and technology sector.

The apprenticeship has been designed to fit the specific role of a broadcast engineer and combines modular learning, training at the BBC Academy and work placements across BBC sites as well as with selected industry partners and SMEs.

Apprentices will graduate with a B Eng in Broadcast Engineering jointly awarded by the University of Salford and Birmingham City University.

Dinah Caine CBE, Chief Executive of Creative Skillset, said: “The creation of this new qualification is a fantastic achievement. It is an exciting new pathway for young people looking to get ahead in the field of broadcast engineering and will support the development of the creative talent of the future.”

Saint John Walker, Head of Development at Creative Skillset, said “The Higher Apprenticeship in Broadcast Technology is a ground-breaking development for the broadcast sector and for the industry as a whole. Not only is it the first Level 6 apprenticeship for the Creative Industries, it is also the first programme of its kind to be developed in association with higher education providers working together with a major employer.”