BT is offering an engineering scholarship that will see a student supported through the National Film and Television School’s Production Technology MA.

Designed to encourage more people to train as broadcast engineers and production technologists, the partnership will see a successful applicant compete a two-year course that covers both live and recorded TV. After completing the masters, the graduate will be invited to apply for a job with BT.

BT is also providing up to six students with work placements in its BT TV team. The students will be based at BT Tower in London or the BT Labs in Ipswich.

The company recently announced plans to recruit 1,700 apprentices and graduates across the UK.

Greg McCall, managing director of BT TV, said the scheme “is part of our ambition to transform the UK’s tech literacy. We firmly believe it’s the best way to equip young people to get ahead in the workplace while helping to fuel the economy.”

Nik Powell, a National Film and Television School director, added: “The UK is facing a crisis in broadcast engineering as there is a significant lack of skilled people applying for positions. According to some estimates, 60% of all broadcast engineers are within five years of retirement, and there are not enough new engineers being trained at the moment.”

Applications for the Production Technology MA are open until 7 September 2017. The course will commence in January 2018.