Scotland’s students to work behind the scenes at Glasgow 2014

12 November 2013

Scotland’s students to work behind the scenes at Glasgow 2014

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop at the launch of The Host Broadcaster Training Initiative (HBTI)

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is taking part in a new training initiative to prepare students ready to work behind the scenes at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The new training programme, The Host Broadcaster Training Initiative (HBTI), a key Legacy 2014 programme of Glasgow 2014, will train up to 30 students from GCU’s Audio Technology with Electronics and Multimedia programme within the School of Engineering and Built Environment.

The students will receive broadcast training and work experience to prepare them to work alongside industry professionals when the Games come to Glasgow next summer.

The initiative will be jointly managed and delivered by SVGTV, the Host Broadcaster for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, and Creative Loop, Scotland’s talent development hub for the creative media industries.

GCU Senior Lecturer, Patrick Quinn, will be working with Creative Loop to ensure students are ready to support and work alongside technicians and sound engineers from the host broadcasters over the course of the 11 days of the competition, covering 19 venues across the city.

Mr Quinn, said: “With potential audiences of more than a billion people, we are working to ensure students’ skills can be utilised by the host broadcasters.

“Our students will have the specialist knowledge needed to handle the audio and technical complexities which are involved in managing such a massive and high-profile event.  Students know the city and want to contribute to the Games and its legacy. The bespoke training programme will allow them to work towards the Games and feel a part of this exciting year for Glasgow.”

Students will have their skills tested in mock-up commentary boxes and a live broadcast truck will be stationed at the city centre campus to allow students to practice months in advance.

Around 600 students in the creative sector will benefit from Commonwealth Games broadcast training and work experience thanks to a half million pound funding package. Financial support of £534,000 from the Scottish Funding Council and Skills Development Scotland has been confirmed today.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop, who today met some of the students involved and unveiled the Legacy 2014 Outside Broadcast truck,said:

“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.”

Jeff Foulser, Chairman of Sunset+Vine, said: "The HBTI will see participating students given real skills training in how to use the latest Outside Broadcast (OB) hardware equipment and technology, as well as real work experience in live broadcast, creative production. The intention is that these students will reach sufficient proficiency through their pre-Games education to be deployed during the Games itself, providing an invaluable skills legacy for the broadcast and television production industry in Scotland beyond Glasgow 2014."

Grant Ritchie, Creative Loop Chairman, said: "Creative Loop is delighted to be delivering this world-class training for young broadcast specialists from colleges and universities across Scotland.  Participation in the HBTI will be limited to those students already enrolled on designated courses within the institutions, but this is a very exciting opportunity for anyone who gets Involved."

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