Sky and the National Film and Television School (NFTS) have announced a new partnership, which will train a new generation of multi-camera studio craft specialists to work in their expanding studio operation.

This unique Broadcast Production course, run in collaboration with Sky’s Broadcast Operations department, will prepare 12 students a year to work in a multi-camera studio environment as a Vision Mixer, a Camera/ Lighting or Sound specialist. Modules will be taught at both the NFTS and Sky Studios, Sky’s state-of-the-art production facility. The course will also include a six-week internship at Sky, culminating in a paid role for at least one graduate each year.

Students will experience working across a range of genres and programming, including scripted comedy and entertainment, as well as multi-platform production. The award seeks to teach students the language of entertainment television so that they can work effectively within production teams, as well as develop a high level technical understanding of their chosen specialist area and a critical awareness of the production workflow and the impact of multiplatform on production.

Sophie Turner Laing, MD of Entertainment, News and Broadcast Operations at Sky, and board member of NFTS said: “Sky’s ongoing commitment to homegrown, original content is not just about what we put on screen – it’s about investing in the next generation of production specialists in the UK. We’re extremely proud of the work we do at Sky to nurture our people, and it’s shown us just how much the UK creative industries need to identify the rising stars of all areas of broadcasting as early as possible.  There is no better place to do that than at the NFTS, and we’re delighted to partner with them to start that process with this broadcast production course.”

The course is led by NFTS Head of TV David G Croft (Shooting Stars, Crystal Maze, Live Aid) and other tutors may include Richard Boden (IT Crowd) Geoff Posner (Little Britain) and Steve Pinhay (SMTV, CD:UK).

David G Croft said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for a new generation of rising TV stars to learn the core disciplines of multi camera studio operations - hotly in demand in the industry. It’s a real sign of Sky’s commitment to entertainment programming in the UK that they are willing to train a new generation of behind the camera TV talent.”

The 12-month Diploma course starts in February 2013, costs £7,000 and the deadline for applications is 3rd December 2012.

Entry Requirements. A proven interest in multi-camera production, a lively interest in television and a willingness to work as part of a team are essential. We are looking for people who are practically minded and who have a good general education although there are no specific educational requirements for this course.

For more information visit the Broadcast Production Diploma page.