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EDUCATION The ITTP Approved Skills Scheme - a progress report B ack in anuar the the nstitute or Training in Television Production - held its second annual conference at Pinewood. It’s a way of bringing together people from education and the industry to discuss the problems that affect both. The conferences have been highly successful, with platform sessions, manufacturers stands, and a lot of networking. t the fi rst con erence in there was much discussion about the issue of “what educators should teach so that industry receives suitable applicants”. Those in the industry had felt for some time that education had become a little out of touch with their needs. They said so at the conference, some of them rather loudly. It was obvious that everyone, education and industry alike, wanted something to be done. So - what to do? What could the ITTP do – we started this.....? by Bernard Newnham At this January’s conference ITTP introduced the concept of an approved skills scheme, a straightforward testable list of those skills an employer, in this case of cameras, sound and lighting sta might e pect a new applicant straight rom education to possess. Once we have a list that is agreed by all, it can be taught, and individuals can be tested against it. You can see the intro session on the website – address at the end of the article. It’s far from an original idea - these days plumbers, accountants, bricklayers, pharmacists and many others have to prove their own individual skill level to start in their chosen profession. It hasn’t happened so far in British tv because most older members were trained very thoroughly at BBC Evesham. he don t train to the same e tent an more so universities and colleges have taken on the role. The standards var and man o even the most e cellent teach what the regard as a correct skills list with little or no input from industry. Hence the Approved Skills Scheme. In January there was no list, just some ideas, and my job as producer was to make it happen. s an e senior producer making it happen is m area. promised fi rst results b earl summer and b une a dra t e isted. We consulted those who knew about the actual skills - the practitioners - and they consulted colleagues in their organisations the uild o elevision ameramen the Institute of Professional Sound, and the Society of Television Lighting Directors. 56 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 105 SEPTEMBER 2015