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13 October 2022

Bauer Academy awarded BBC contract to train next generation of production talent

Bauer Academy have recently been awarded the contract to train the BBC’s next generation of production talent. From this month [October 2022] seventy-five apprentices will be taking part in apprenticeship training that will cover the end-to-end production cycle from idea generation to pitching; and pre and post-production.

The apprentices will be working across the UK on a number of BBC radio and television programmes including flagship soap EastEnders. Others will also have the opportunity to gain experience working with teams from BBC News, BBC Radio, BBC Arts Music and Events as well as the BBC’s Children’s channels.

Training is expected to take fifteen months, at the end of which, apprentices will have gained foundational knowledge of end to end production cycles and processes, taught by Bauer Academy’s industry professionals and further developed in the apprentices’ roles at the BBC. This end-to-end approach will ensure that all those taking part will have honed their production, professional and creative skills as they look to take their next steps in early 2024.

There are two apprenticeship standards available – Production Assistant Level 3 and Media Production Assistant Level 4. Between them they cover three internal schemes from the BBC including BBC Production Fast Track, BBC Production Management Fast Track and BBC Hub. BBC Hub is a pilot currently being tested in the West Midlands for a wide range of creative, gaming, cultural and digital businesses in the area; creating apprenticeship opportunities in a scheme that is co-ordinated and managed by the BBC.

Courtnay McLeod, Academy Director – Bauer Academy said: “Bauer Media shares the BBC’s ambition to ensure high quality apprenticeships provide the UK’s creative industries with world class talent development. Bauer Academy is delighted to be delivering the BBC’s Production apprenticeship schemes, including apprentices joining the BBC Hub on flexi-apprenticeships. We are excited to be providing training to such a diverse and talented group of apprentices, and we are fully committed to ensuring every learner achieves their full potential.”

Daniell Morrisey, Editorial Portfolio Manager for the BBC, added: “The BBC is making a huge contribution towards apprenticeships in the creative sector. We look forward to continuing our Level 3 Production Fast Track and Level 4 Production Management Fast Track Apprenticeship schemes as part of our portfolio of Editorial schemes and plans to reach 1,000 apprentices across the BBC by 2025.”

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About Bauer Academy:

Bauer Academy is a unique training provider owned by and located inside one of the world’s biggest media businesses, Bauer Media Group. We deliver Apprenticeship training to individuals already working in the media industry to develop their skills as well as young people wishing to gain media specific qualifications on entry to the industry. We are on the Register of Government Approved Apprenticeship Training Providers and deliver courses in a vocational learning style, offering work-based experience throughout.

The Bauer Academy also proudly runs a number community projects in partnership with various other businesses, with grants and funding including the Big Lottery, Princes Trust, European Social Fund and the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. These projects help to create unique training projects for both private and public sector clients.

About Bauer Media UK:

Bauer Media UK reaches over 25 million UK consumers through a portfolio of world-class, multi-platform media and entertainment brands including heat, KISS, Grazia, Empire, Magic, Absolute Radio and the Hits Radio Network. These brands offer commercial partners access to highly engaged audiences, with creative solutions underpinned by insight and instinct. Bauer Media UK is part of the Bauer Media Group, one of the world’s largest privately-owned media businesses with media assets all over the globe.

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