1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am the apprentice in the Entertainment department at ITV. I am the go to person for any queries within the department such as meeting room and parking space availability, technology issues and general assistance. I also work as a runner on the studio shows.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt so many new skills I can't even describe! I have learnt skills in communication, everyday issues, problem solving, thinking on my feet, decision making and many more. My confidence has grown as I have learnt more and more skills.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really really enjoy my programme. I have gained vital inside knowledge about the media industry throughout my apprenticeship and I feel in a really good place for future employment opportunities.
4. How valued do you feel by ITV?
Incredibly valued. My managers make it a priority to look after me and make me aware and proud of my achievements - giving regular feedback and continuously thanking me for my hard work and commitments.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The training provider itself could be better - they are sometimes disorganised and don't communicate very effectively with the apprentices. This is however more of a reflection of them rather than ITV itself. When in a busy department it is challenging to create an effective work / study balance, trying hard to prioritise the two has become difficult.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
We receive an average amount of support. My personal tutor has been effective however this is not the feedback I have heard from all apprentices, with some feeling their training provider tutor lacks effective communication and organisation skills.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Tremendous amounts. My two personal line managers are incredibly supportive and have a great involvement in my progress throughout the apprenticeship. They also give us guidance for life after our apprenticeship.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Not great at all. I live away from home and am renting a flat in London with some other apprentices. Luckily we are all fortunate enough to have parents who can support us with the financial costs, without this there is no way I could be down here doing my apprenticeship.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Work has allowed us many opportunities within the media world, not outside of ITV I wouldn't say but plenty of opportunities to engage with within. I am embracing all opportunities present.
9a. Would you recommend ITV to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Because it is one of the leading worldwide companies to work for if you would like a career in Television Production. From what I can see it is a great company to work for.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to ITV? *
Be yourself, be confident, enthusiastic, have knowledge (and opinions!!) on the show, do your research, show your ambition and prepare well for any application or interview stages.
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