Sports producer wants to attract new production talent from diverse backgrounds

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IMG Productions is launching a new apprenticeship scheme aimed at school leavers aged over 18.

The sports production company will take on two apprentices in February and a further two in the summer under the new scheme, called IMG Ignite.

The apprenticeships will run for a year, with a view to the apprentices being employed by the company afterwards.

The apprentices will receive formal training and work experience across IMG Productions’ projects, while studying for a Level 3 Broadcast Production Assistant or Junior Content Producer qualification.

The programme will provide trainees an opportunity to get hands on exposure in media management, prediting, production management, graphic design, studio shows and live event production. Training sessions will include health and safety, media management, camera skills, presenting, single camera and studio directing, producing and editing.

The sports production company wants the scheme to help it to attract a new breed of TV production people with a passion for TV and sport from diverse backgrounds. It recognises that the younger generation are more adept at new techniques and this would benefit the company in the long term.

IMG already run The Advantage Scheme, which is aimed at Graduates, and has been running for the last 8 years, and offers four placements within editorial, digital, production or engineering.

IMG Productions’ SVP Director of Content Andrew Hornett said the company felt it was missing an apprentice scheme targeted specifically at school leavers who are not going to university but have a passion for television: “At IMG we are dedicated to creating and fostering an environment that is inclusive and diverse. People are consuming media in a variety of ways and it is important as a business that we understand this from as many perspectives as possible. We hope to learn from our apprentices as well as being able to help them learn about television production.”

Hornett added that IMG will be purposely exposing apprentices to as many aspects of production as possible for the first six months, so that they and the company can learn which area suits them best, before they gain more targeted experience in a particular department. “So we are leaving open which department they will work in for the second half of the course and the ambitions of the particular apprentice will be a key factor when placing them.”

IMG Productions is currently advertising for the scheme, and the deadline is 6th January. Individuals can apply via the following link:—Stockley-Park/Production-Apprentice_JR1769