William Shellard – BBC Bristol

William has continued  as a  BBC employee after completing his apprenticeship

Before starting my Apprenticeship at BBC Bristol I was studying for my AS/A Levels in Media, Graphics, Film Studies and Mathematics at Sixth Form.

In the media industry, experience is extremely valuable and therefore an Apprenticeship is an amazing opportunity. It provides on the job training whilst also working towards a Level 3 Creative and Digital Media qualification.

With apprenticeships, you can earn and learn, working in the TV industry while you learn both on the job and at college, so as to give you really strong foundations on which to build your career.

There are two paths in the TV industry, Editorial which includes your Researchers, Directors and Producers and they are responsible for the overall look of the programme. On the other side, Production Management who include your PMA’s, Production Coordinators and Production Managers and they are responsible for ‘making things happen’ (logistics and scheduling). I started out working on Flog It as a PMA doing tasks such as booking travel and putting together schedules.

Over time, I was given more and more responsibility and even had the opportunity of setting up my own shoot to Glasgow. This involved everything from pre to post-production such as booking hotels and crew, liaising with talent, booking kit and clearing copyright.

There have been many highlights over the past year and one of them was whilst I was working on the Antiques Roadshow. I was a part of the Roadshows history when we filmed the highest valued item ever recorded at over one million, it will be featured next April.

I would really recommend doing an Apprenticeship, especially at the BBC. There are lots of opportunities outside of work including work placements and social activities

Mel Hoffman Production Manager, Antiques Roadshow

William took to the Antiques Roadshow like a duck to water and quickly established himself as a key member of the production team.

In no time at all he got to grips with the Roadshow’s processes and systems.  He forged good relationships with everyone on the production team as well as crew and programme experts.

Because William had a clear idea that he wanted to progress along the production management route we were able to extend the scope of his role allowing him to develop additional skills and experience.

We are all absolutely delighted that William is staying on the Roadshow for a second year as a Production Management Assistant.  He is friendly, flexible, hard- working, conscientious and all the other things you hope to find in a PMA but he’s also has great sense of fun and is a wicked Bingo caller!


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