The IABM today launched a training academy in a bid to tackle “a chronic shortage of skilled technical resources” in the broadcasting sector.

It will provide vocational training for engineers and technologists, as well as the administrative, managerial, and executive staff whose jobs require an appreciation of the role that technology plays in the broadcast industry.

“Emerging technologies, new business models, and changing social trends are creating new business and career opportunities within the broadcast industry, but they’re also revealing a chronic shortage of skilled technical resources,” said IABM director of education, employment, and training Roger Crumpton (pictured).

The training programmes will include instructor-led classroom sessions and self-paced online learning.

The courses are crafted at three levels — for new entrants to the industry, for engineers looking to extend their knowledge base, and for experts seeking to understand best practices and solutions for specific issues in emerging technologies.

The first courses are “Broadcast and Media Technology - Understanding Your Industry” and “Audio and Video Fundamentals for Engineers,” which will take place in Reading on June 22 and June 28.