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BritAsia Academy

Innovative Delivery award

As one of the UK's biggest broadcast channels, Birmingham-based BritAsia TV have used their 15 years of broadcasting experience to help train over 200 learners in film, content and social media.

The broadcast channel runs several bootcamps that cater to young learners looking to enter the competitive creative industry and supports them to gain skills in video content creation, production, greenscreen shooting, photography and cinematography essentials.

Gaurav Raturi, Project Head of BritAsia’s Digital Upskill Bootcamp said: “Currently Birmingham is being referred to as the next film hub after London, but there has been a shortage of film and video talent. BritAsia is ensuring the Midlands creates the talent pool to cater to the demand of the industry.

"Our bootcamps offer a unique and hands on experience for learners. Almost all (95%) of our learners get a job interview within 90 days of completing the programme and, to date, over two thirds have gone into jobs, self-employment or an apprenticeship."

"The success of our bootcamps would not be possible if we weren’t a major media company with our in-house studio accessible to learners. We provide opportunities to work on high-end and fast-paced content creation, comparable to any brand in the industry. Being a broadcast studio right in the city centre provides the best location, accessibility, and exposure to the region for all learners."

"Participants experience live shoots, events, case studies from festivals, companies and our very own TV channel. The programme is created with a set of experts, mentors and team members who are industry leaders, with achievements including creating short films, high production content for global events like TEDx summits, International Film Festivals in Birmingham as well as working on BAFTA coverage, live broadcast for the Queen’s funeral from London along with entrepreneurial experience of running digital studios and TV content creation projects."

Manpreet Aulakh, one of the learners on the programme said: "I loved doing the bootcamp as the team were so supportive and helpful whenever I needed guidance. Checking in every other day to make sure I was okay made me more aware of the positive impact the bootcamp was having. I now want to continue adding to my skillset and progress further into my career choice.

"The company has also made me feel comfortable that if ever I need support I can go back and ask for guidance."