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WORLD NEWS T here are only a few days to go before the inaugural ITTP Conference which is taking place at Pinewood Studios on Monday 27th January. The conference promises to provide an invaluable opportunity for education and training providers, and industry employers, to discuss the way forward for training in television craft skills, and have a say in how best to prepare the next generation of programme makers, for a career in our industry. The Institute for Training in Television Production is a new industry organisation, committed to raising the standards and relevancy of television craft skills training by encouraging greater communication between industry, and providers of education and training. One of the many highlights of the day will include a keynote speech given by Matthew Hancock MP, Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise, who will set out his vision for training. Other distinguished panellists, including Anne Morrison, Director, BBC Academy, Ralph Tribe, Director of Organisation and People Development, BSkyB, Dinah Caine OBE, Chair of Skillset and John Crompton of BECTU will be joined by employers from the industry, to discuss subjects including the skills which employers need, the value of accreditation and the future of training. The event will be chaired by Journalist and Broadcaster Roz Morris, who will ensure that there are plenty of opportunities to question panellists, and to network, throughout the day. Department Heads and Course Leaders from many of the UKs leading Higher Education television training courses, and representatives from professional organisations including the Guild of Television Cameramen, The Society of Television Lighting Directors and the Institute of Broadcast Sound are already confirmed as delegates. The event runs from 0915 until 1700, and will be followed by a reception and networking event, hosted by sponsors Sony. Strictly limited places are still available for this important event. You can register on-line at www.ittp.co.uk The ITTP in partnership with tv-bay is producing the conference with the support from sponsors Avid, Sony and the IABM. Media Partner TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 85 JANUARY 2014 | 35