Around 600 students will receive broadcast training and work experience at Glasgow 2014 thanks to a key Legacy 2014 programme.
The Host Broadcaster Training Initiative (HBTI) will see over 200 students receive work experience at the Games, with a further 400 students and lecturers taking part in world-class training.
The Scottish Funding Council and Skills Development Scotland have provided half a million pounds in funding for the initiative, with further funding in place from Creative Skillset the sector skills council.
The Initiative will be delivered by host broadcasters Sunset+Vine and Global Television (SVGTV) in partnership with Creative Loop, Scotland’s talent development hub for the creative media industries.
Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop today met some of the students involved in the initiative and unveiled the Legacy 2014 Outside Broadcast truck.
“Working at Scotland’s biggest ever sporting event will be an exciting and rewarding experience for these students. The benefits for Scotland are a new generation of talent, giving Scottish firms a wider pool of experienced staff to cover other major sporting or music events. There will also be a greater ability for our colleges to teach new skills in the creative industries. That is a tremendous, tangible and long lasting legacy from hosting the Games,” said Fiona Hyslop.
Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive David Grevemberg said, “Sunset Vine and Global TV, Glasgow 2014's Host Broadcaster, will showcase the XX Commonwealth Games to the world. In doing so, they will implement a training initiative that not only delivers great coverage of the Games, but makes an investment in Scotland's media industry by creating opportunities for hundreds of students who will gain valuable skills and experience at a vital time in the beginning of their careers. Its positive impact promises to be felt for many years to come.”
Alistair Shirlaw, 27, said, “I have been working as a freelance camera operator for over a year and I have spent my life chasing the dream of being able to work in the industry. Being involved in the Commonwealth Games would not only be a dream come true, it would also hopefully get my foot firmly in the door of the television industry.”
Student Andrew Richardson, 22, is taking a Masters course in Broadcast Journalism at the University of the West of Scotland. He added, “Sport is a massive part of my life, so the chance to work at the Commonwealth Games with the HBTI is a fantastic opportunity. For those who are just starting out and trying to break into the industry, it's the first step on the ladder and a foot in the door. Not many students in broadcasting are lucky enough to experience such an important event coming to their home town as they try to develop a career.”