1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am an Art Department Assistant Apprentice at BBC Wales Cymru, through the Sgil Cymru apprenticeship scheme. I have been on 3 productions; Pobol Y Cwm, Doctor Who and Casualty. My role is to assist the art department and props store in daily tasks in the office and on set.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I am learning much in the role and also expanding existing skills. In the education block learning with the training provider I am also making sure I take advantage of brushing up on my English and Mathematics.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Working at the BBC has opened up my skill prospect, where learning to work as a team and also enjoy learning new skills. it hasn't been easy for me due to my hearing disability, but my training provider Sgil Cymru and also the BBC have helped me get the best out of the programme.
4. How valued do you feel by BBC?
My training programme as a whole is a great start in getting to know the ins and outs of an art department in tv production. I maintained stedfast working relationships and also worked through any communication issues or any skill based issues.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
To be fair, the programme is brilliant, and the training provider Sgil Cymru are a great provider with lots to offer an apprentice; their support is 100% and is well organised.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I received a lot more support than most of the trainees, as having a disability is sometimes limiting on what you can do. my training provider Sgil Cymru, has been a long side me all the way through the apprenticeship programme. I also add that the BBC Cymru human resources team are/and have been also a great help in offering extra support to me. with this kind of support I felt positive about the work placement and also that if any issues arose I could come and talk with any of them.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
as above, the BBC Cymru human resources team are/and have been also a great help in offering extra support to me. with this kind of support I felt positive about the work placement and also that if any issues arose I could come and talk with any of them. A few issues with one of my placements was dealt with promptly and the Human resources made sure that all issues were dealt with. over all the employer has made me feel a part of the team and allowing me to take charge of my learning outcome.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
With the updated pay review, where the BBC actively tries to ensure it’s being competitive with other apprenticeship providers, the pay has increased and as such meets my costs. If you work in London, you’ll get London weighting to help with the extra costs travelling to work each day. When we’re at uni, because this is away from my home office, they provide us with travel expenses
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
As I work up to 11 hrs a day, and travel up to 5hrs a day, does not leave me much time to make the mot of other activities, as mostly very tired by the time I get home. and at weekends is mainly recovering from the week and looking over and planning course work/doing course work or reading scripts etc.
On the flip side of it, both Sgil Cymru and the BBC have actively encouraged me to learn Welsh and keep active on literacy and numeracy, which is always welcomed by me.
9a. Would you recommend BBC to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
it is a good way to learn on the job and also to help people like me build up skills and look at other career choices whilst being an apprenticeship.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BBC? *
You are never to old to learn. Be confident in what you do.
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