Apple-authorised training company Soho Editors will launch a northern operation before the end of the year.

Following on from the opening of its Salford office in June and its Belfast branch two weeks ago, the company will set up a base in either Glasgow, at Pacific Quay, or Newcastle.

The finished training centres will each have six workstations and offer courses in Final Cut Studio and Adobe applications.

According to managing director Brian Cantwell the decision to open the new branches is a reflection of the continued demand for FCP training. “Most broadcasters have migrated to FCP for on-air work and a great deal of short-form work is done using Apple software,” he said.

“There was a clear rationale for our expansion to Manchester. We liaised with the BBC to set up there and with the development of Media City it will be the second largest media hub in the country.”

The Belfast office has been supported by the regional screen agency Northern Ireland Screen and the city council with a view, according to Cantwell, to “increasing media job opportunities and skills in the country”.

The budget for the new Manchester and Belfast offices combined is£170,000 a year.
Soho Editors has an 18-seat training centre in London, and a six-seat centre at Gloucestershire College.