Top training provider aims to build new skills for Wales’

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Wales’ largest training provider is teaming up with a media production company to develop young talent for Wales’ multi-million pound creative media sector.

ACT training, in partnership with Cardiff-based media4creative, is to launch a new course giving school leavers core skills and valuable work experience within the creative industry. The aim is to put them on the first step of the ladder towards careers in areas such as; film-making, animation, photography, and other creative fields.

Wales’ growing creative industry sector already employs more than 30,000 people and generates over £1.8 billion for the economy. Last year, the Welsh Government marked the sector as a priority for future growth. This is reflected by projects such as the opening of the BBC Drama Village in Cardiff Bay and producing prime-time programmes including; Casualty, Torchwood and Doctor Who.

ACT will offer a BTEC level one Diploma in Creative Media Production, which will aim to help school leavers with an interest in creative disciplines and give them hands-on vocational experience that will allow them to build up a strong portfolio and gain access to the industry.

The course, believed to be the first of its kind in Wales, lasts for six months, with the first intake of students starting on 31st October 2011. The BTEC level one Diploma includes five modules in film-making, animation, audio production, photography and multimedia.

Rhodri Davies, Curriculum Trainer at ACT said: “Our partnership with media4creative comes at a time when Wales is gaining widespread recognition for its contribution to the creative industry. Wales is responsible for some of the UK’s most popular television output and more and more films are being shot and produced in Welsh studios and locations.

“There are many young people who want to get involved in this exciting industry but don’t know where to start. The BTEC course we are launching has a huge focus on the practical skills young learners need to kick-start their careers.

“Youth unemployment is worryingly high but there are plenty of Traineeship and Apprenticeship programmes available to improve the employability of young people and ensure that they are skilled and can play a valuable role in the economic recovery and development.”

Byron Lloyd, Managing Director at media4creative, said: “We are delighted to team up with ACT and support learners who are keen to gain a foothold in an increasingly vital industry for Wales’ economy. We have a great deal of experience in working with community groups and schools, engaging young people with the many skills and disciplines involved in producing television, film and radio. Anyone interested should get in touch. Who knows, they could become the next Spielberg.”

The courses will mainly be delivered at media4creative on Penarth road in Cardiff but will also involve exciting location visits to studios around Wales.

ACT is Wales’ largest work-based learning provider with centres in Cardiff, Caerphilly, Bridgend and Wrexham.

If you interested in registering in the course please contact Rhodri Davies from ACT on 02920 729 018 or email rhodridavies@acttraining.org.uk

For further information on ACT’s courses visit: www.acttraining.org.uk

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