Scottish broadcaster STV has agreed a partnership with Edinburgh Napier University to support the development of creative talent in Scotland.
The two will work in conjunction on the University’s new degree programme, BA (Hons) Television which will see STV act as key industry partner.
The agreement will see STV offer student mentorship, work placement and shadowing opportunities, as well as master classes, guest speakers and an end-of-year showcasing of students’ creative projects.
In addition, students will have the chance to compete for a limited number of internship placements at STV at the end of the course.
During their placements, the selected graduates will gain valuable, hands-on industry experience by working closely with STV’s highly skilled News, Content, Digital and Post-Production teams, in areas ranging from production, development and ideas pitching, to online editorial, newsgathering and planning.
Rob Woodward, CEO for STV, said: “With this exciting new agreement we continue to build on our existing relationship with Edinburgh Napier and other higher education institutions across Scotland. Working closely with Edinburgh Napier University is a good example of our commitment to supporting and nurturing new creative talent and growing the skills base in Scotland, and it offers an invaluable opportunity for under graduates to gain hands on experience in television and online production and get a head start in their careers.”
Alistair Scott of Edinburgh Napier University’s School of Arts and Creative Industries, added: "We are delighted with the close partnership between STV and the new BA (Hons) Television course here at Edinburgh Napier University. Through this incremental programme the students’ industry knowledge and contacts will develop over a two year period, and will lead to graduates gaining appropriate skills to apply for a range of entry level posts".
Earlier this year, STV announced a new graduate placement initiative which saw students at University of the West of Scotland, Glasgow Caledonian University, Edinburgh Napier University and Robert Gordon University invited to apply for two paid work placements based within STV's Content and News teams.