Monday 11th November saw the launch of the Glasgow 2014 Host Broadcaster Training Initiative (HBTI) at Hampden Park by Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop MSP.
During the biggest global sporting event of the year, 600 Scottish media students will take part in training led by television production professionals to fill over 200 positions vital to the coverage of the Commonwealth Games.
From Camera Operators to Vision Mixers, this opportunity is a very real and very tangible start to hundreds of new careers in a sector that is actively growing and is currently experiencing a shortage of talent in Scotland.
In the immediate future the HBTI truck will be deployed to colleges and universities across Scotland to start the training sessions delivering the skills required to work side by side with the Host Broadcaster in July at the Commonwealth Games.
The Host Broadcaster for the Games, SVGTV, will be working closely with Creative Loop to deliver world class training on the campuses and sports grounds of Scotland over the next eight months.
Students will be side by side with industry professionals not only gaining valuable practical experience but contributing towards their degree and moving forward to a hands on position at the heart of the action in 2014.
Head of Business Affairs and Training Initiatives at SVGTV Martin Anderson was at the launch at the national stadium to explain further.
Grant Ritchie, Director of Creative Loop, was also keen to underline that the outcomes of the HBTI do not simply serve the Commonwealth Games, but are transferable to almost any television coverage of a live event: from music to sport; politics to news, these transferable skills are coming at a time when Scotland needs them most.
From working with Scotland’s media industry for the last seven years within Creative Loop, Grant sees these skills as essential to the development of Scotland’s broadcasting sector.
With the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games just eight months away, there is plenty to be done and getting students onsite and focused on selecting positions for themselves is the next stage. 600 students in Scotland will benefit from the HBTI with over 200 getting placements at the Games themselves, and it all starts now.
The latest information will be posted to creativeloop.org as it is available, with updates being posted on our page on Facebook and our Twitter feed at twitter.com/creativeloop. The HBTI production truck will be visiting Scotland’s media campuses from next week, details of those sessions will be available from course co-ordinators very soon and will be reported on in full online.