New award supports legacy commitments
Students selected for roles at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games - as part of the Host Broadcaster Training Initiative (HBTI) - will be offered the opportunity to study for a newly validated Professional Development Award (PDA) in Outside Broadcasting in a Multi-Camera Production.
The new qualification is aimed primarily at students studying HND Creative Industries Television and related courses, but will also be suitable for University students and freelancers looking to up skill in outside broadcasting and multi camera production skills.
The HBTI, a key Legacy programme of Glasgow 2014, will see over 200 students receive work experience at the Commonwealth Games as part of the SVGTV Production Crew. The HBTI is jointly managed and delivered by SVGTV, the Host Broadcaster for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, and Creative Loop, Scotland’s talent development hub for the creative media industries.
The PDA is based on identified industry training needs and will recognise attainment of skills, knowledge and work practices specific to outside broadcasting. The PDA will continue to build relationships between industry and education and maintain the supply of talent to the Outside Broadcast sector in Scotland and across the wider UK industry. The PDA is validated by the Scottish Qualification Authority and will be funded by a major investment from the Scottish Funding Council as part of their joint award for funding with Skills Development Scotland.
Jeff Foulser, Chairman of Sunset+Vine commented: “With this announcement that real impact of the Host Broadcaster Training Initiative (HBTI) grows ever stronger. To provide young people with real skills training in how to use the latest Outside Broadcast (OB) hardware equipment and technology as well as real work experience in live broadcast, creative production at one of the world’s most exciting sporting events is in itself a fantastic opportunity. To actually earn a recognised qualification in addition simply demonstrates the extraordinary efforts going into this initiative to deliver a meaningful and lasting legacy”.
Minister for Sport and Commonwealth Games, Shona Robison, said: “Come July, countries across the world will be tuning into the best Commonwealth Games ever. As well as the celebration of sport and culture in front of us, behind the camera the Games will be leaving a lasting legacy for many Scots. The award means that the broadcast skills developed during the Games will go further, help more people into employment, develop our broadcasting abilities as a nation, and leave Scotland in an even better position to attract world class events in the future.”
Lawrence Howells, Chief Executive of the Scottish Funding Council, said: “Everyone who’s enjoyed the recent coverage of the Winter Olympics will appreciate the skills that go into bringing big sporting events to our TV screens. It’s fantastic that we’ve been able to invest almost quarter of a million pounds so that as many as 250 students can benefit from the training opportunities Glasgow 2014 is offering aspiring television production talent in Scotland.”
Chair of Creative Loop, Grant Ritchie, Depute Principal at Dundee and Angus College, said:“The development and validation of this PDA in Outside Broadcasting is a real model of how Scotland’s colleges and the broadcasting industry are working together in providing relevant training and qualifications for real jobs. Creative Loop’s partnership with SVGTV in developing the PDA in under three months, will provide a lasting legacy of the 2014 Games. The development and validation process supported by SQA sets the bar in how future qualifications should be developed.”
Joe Wilson, Head of New Ventures at SQA, said: “SQA is delighted to support the learning and skills legacy of Glasgow 2014 across a range of areas. The Host Broadcaster Training Initiative will enable the development of skills during the Games and the Professional Development Award will allow recognition of those skills and act as a legacy, helping learners to upskill after the Games and grow our national capacity in outside broadcasting.”