1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Apprentice Production Specialist. I am part of the production team that makes ITV Cymru Wales news, from weather forecasts to news bulletins. I am part of the technical team that outputs the news as well as other programmes, this includes sound engineering, vision mixing, set moving, digital web transfers, and even monitoring and playing out Party Political Broadcasts.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have developed so much as a person in a little under a year whilst on my apprenticeship. My apprenticeship will reward me with a Level 3 Qualification in Digital and Creative Media. As I had just finished my A Levels before starting my apprenticeship, this was a more than perfect opportunity for me to learn how to hold myself in a professional environment too.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy going to work every single day. Some days are more challenging than others, and no day is the same, but everyday I am pushed more and more and I develop more and more which, for me, is the perfect way to learn.
4. How valued do you feel by ITV?
ITV as a whole is a great company to work for in terms of not just the benefits of working on TV. My managers have regular catch ups with me, to see how I am feeling in my training, or sometimes just to see how I'm doing. I am congratulated when I have worked well, and taught how to improve if I haven't. My managers are very understanding of personal issues (should I have any) and are always able to give me direction if I need support in anyway. I am encouraged to always make the most of any new experiences, and get as many of those experiences as possible.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
It is very well organised. My training provider is very good at communicating to my employer as to what they need. My employer is very accommodating and willing to let me take the time I need to complete my qualification through doing learning blocks away from the workplace.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
My training provider has been very supportive of me and is always willing to help with whatever I need. My main tutor is very experienced in her field and is very good at what she does. She is a strong believer in helping young people get in to the media industry and has always shown that she is willing to help our 'class' in anyway she can.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My employer is very good at ensuring I am very happy in the workplace. They do this through ensuring I get any time off I need, I am busy with tasks while at work, and will have regular catch ups with me too.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I am getting payed more than the minimum wage for a first year apprentice, however, everyone always wants more money. I have been able to set up a saving scheme due to the rate of my income, and it is working well.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are many many opportunities outside of work that I can experience, I just haven't wanted to experience them enough to take part yet.
9a. Would you recommend ITV to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
They are overall an amazing company to work for. As I heard once "After all, smile! You're working on TV!"
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to ITV? *
Show them why you are passionate about wanting to work for them.
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