UK National Film and TV School joins forces with BT

National Film and Television School (NFTS)
Neal Romanek
May 2nd 2017 at 6:05PM : By Neal Romanek

BT will offer a scholarship for the NFTS's broadcast engineering MA

BT and the UK's National Film and Television School (NFTS) are partnering to promote the study of broadcast engineering and production technology, to help combat the skills deficit in the UK broadcast sector.

BT will offer a scholarship to support a student through the NFTS Production Technology MA, a two-year course in production technology in live and recorded environments. After completing the masters degree, graduates will be invited to apply for a job with the company.

BT will also provide up to six students with work placements in the BT TV team, to be based at BT Tower in London or the BT Labs in Ipswich. 

The company has also announced plans to recruit 1,700 apprentices and graduates across the UK, some of which will be posts in the TV team.

“We’re looking forward to working with the NFTS and supporting the broadcast industry’s talent pipeline," said Greg McCall, managing director of BT TV. "As we continue to evolve our growing TV arm and provide our audiences with the highest quality content, we need the most talented broadcast engineers on board to help us do that.

“Today’s announcement is part of our ambition to transform the UK’s tech literacy as we firmly believe it’s the best way to equip young people to get ahead in the workplace while helping to fuel the economy. We’re really looking forward to working with the NFTS to support our goal and help inspire the next generation of broadcast engineers.”

“The UK is facing a crisis in broadcast engineering as there is a significant lack of skilled people applying for positions," said NFTS director Nik Powell. "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...I am looking forward to working together to deliver a compelling and practical curriculum that will help solve this looming skills gap by providing highly skilled graduates who can hit the ground running.”

Applications for the NFTS Production Technology MA are open until September 7, 2017. The course will begin January 2018. There is an open day and free taster workshop for the course on May 18.