The UK's fastest growing television broadcaster UKTV has been recognised in the 'England's Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers' list.
The Top 100 List, compiled annually by the National Apprenticeship Service, recognises excellence in businesses that employ apprentices.
Below is a Q&A about UKTV's Apprenticeship scheme, should you wish to find out a bit more information.
The Sunday Telegraph's special print supplement about the Top 100 List highlighted UKTV - click on the link to the right to view the full article.
UKTV'S APPRENTICESHIPS SCHEME
How does UKTV's apprenticeship scheme work?
We offer all of our apprentices an 18 month opportunity with us and during that time they also study for a relevant NVQ qualification. So as well as getting valuable experience and building their knowledge and contacts in the industry while they're here, they're able to gain a vocational qualification.
How many apprenticeships does UKTV offer each year and in what areas of the business?
UKTV launched its apprenticeship scheme last year, with one apprentice joining the Dave and Gold channel marketing teams. Due to the positive impact he had on his team and the business, UKTV has since enrolled three further apprentices to join the Digital Marketing and VOD scheduling teams. UKTV is fully committed to continuing and growing its greatly successful apprenticeship scheme.
What are the highlights of UKTV's scheme?
Our apprentices have brought a fresh perspective and invaluable insight to the business. They have delivered impressive and tangible results, particularly in the emerging digital areas, which are instrumental to the company's growth strategy. We want our apprenticeships to provide young people with genuinely exciting roles and a route into TV, giving them a chance to build a career in an industry which is often considered hard to access. Apprenticeships now form a crucial and ongoing part of our recruitment and talent retention strategy, and symbolise the future of our growing business.
The apprentices credit the scheme at UKTV with providing them experience in working in a professional office environment and offering an extensive range of personal development and business-related training opportunities. UKTV's apprentices are recruited on fixed-term contracts on an entry level salary and receive exactly the same benefits and rewards as all other fixed term employees. Apprentices may also apply for permanent roles within UKTV.
UKTV's HR Director, Claire Astley says:
"UKTV is always keen to harness young talent. As a company we feel apprentices bring fresh energy, ideas and provide a valuable window into one of the key demographic markets our channel brands aim to penetrate. Immediately I thought the scheme would be a great chance for us to offer a work opportunity to someone with little or no media experience and provide the right candidate with a fantastic stepping stone to a career in media."
UKTV is the multi-award winning media company that reaches over 42 million viewers every month.
UKTV's eleven imaginative brands - UKTV Play, Dave, Watch, Gold, Alibi, Yesterday, Drama, Really, Home, Eden and Good Food - include the most popular non-PSB channel in the UK and account for 9% of the British commercial TV market. The company's most recent financial results showed record-breaking year-end revenue of £278m, and EBITDA of £67.4m. It invested a record £125m in programming and related launches last year, and is becoming an increasingly significant investor in UK creativity.
UKTV has a truly innovative model, curating brand-defining commissions, high-profile acquisitions and the very best of BBC, alongside programmes originally shown on ITV and Channel 4. The network embraces technology to deliver inspired channels to audiences through Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, BT, TalkTalk, YouView and UKTV Play, and distributes its highly valued original programmes to 200 territories.
Now celebrating its 21st year at the forefront of digital television, UKTV - an independent commercial joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (SNI) - is proud to be the only British television broadcaster to be recognised by Best Companies.