Apprenticeships: Gruff's story
After school Gruff knew he wanted to follow his dream to work in media, but wasn’t sure how he’d be able to break into the industry. An apprenticeship offered him the opportunity to learn on the job from industry professionals whilst getting a first step on the career ladder.
Since starting his apprenticeship with S4C Gruff has been able to immerse himself in a variety of roles, offering him the opportunity to develop his creative skills from the very best in the industry.
Since S4C relocated its headquarters to Canolfan S4C Yr Egin in Carmarthen, the company has hired three more apprentices
Joseph Hughes, Gruff's fellow apprentice,18 from Neath is a Level 2 Finance apprentice. He said:
“When I left school, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I had an interest in the financial industry, as my dad is a Financial Controller and I’ve always been inspired by what he does. When I saw the apprenticeship at S4C, I jumped at the chance.
Since starting my apprenticeship at S4C, I’ve gained so much experience. I support the team on invoicing, credit checks, processing payments and processing business expenses. I’m enjoying every second, and now I know that this is the career route for me.”
Benefitting from fresh ideas and new skills
S4C Chief Executive Owen Evans said apprentices like Gruff and Joseph allow the company to plug skills gaps within the creative and media industry. He said:
“We wanted to find a way to bring new talent, new ideas and relevant skills into the business. Recruiting apprentices was the obvious choice, because we wanted to target the knowledgeable individuals in the area that want to start their career in the industry.
We’re lucky here that we’re able to run our apprenticeships through the medium of Welsh, . by doing so we’re investing in the future of the content we are producing on the channel, S4C as a business and the industry as a whole.”
Make a genius decision and get ahead in your career with an apprenticeship
Whether you're finding your way in the world of work, or taking steps towards a career change, an apprenticeship could be for you.