A FORMER apprentice – now working as a TV runner for the BBC - has returned to his roots in hope of inspiring future generations.
Osian Davies, 20, is part of a team of Apprenticeship Ambassadors selected by the Welsh Government to promote the benefits of undertaking an apprenticeship, in the run-up to National Apprenticeship Week.
After completing his A levels, Osian left school and undertook a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media with Sgil Cymru, which he completed in June 2016.
Osian visited Ysgol Y Creuddyn, along with his training provider Sgil Cymru, to talk to Year 10 and 11 pupils about how pursuing the vocational route helped him secure his employment with BBC Wales.
Osian said: “When I got to sixth form, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do – apart from the fact that I didn’t want to spend the next few years in a classroom. I’d always been interested in drama and happened to see a leaflet promoting a creative apprenticeship open day.
“I soon realised the apprenticeship route was right for me. I was much more interested in getting practical experience than going on to study at university. I was invited along to a workshop for a production office role within the BBC factual department, where we were given practical production tasks to complete, and was then asked to an interview with the BBC’s talent managers. I was over the moon when I received a phonecall saying I’d secured the position.
“The great thing about the apprenticeship was that it gave me opportunities I never would have experienced otherwise. It really is a great alternative to university.”
Osian now lives in Cardiff and has worked on shows including the One Show, BBC Young Musician and Bargain Hunt where he was responsible for tasks including casting calls, researching content, sourcing locations and contributors.
For more information about becoming an apprentice visit www.careerswales.com.