Where will this course lead?

This course is ideal for you are currently working Post Production Technical Operator, or in an associated role, which provides support for qualified professionals. Alternatively, you may have previous qualifications and experience relevant to becoming a Post Production Technical Operator. This occupation is found in the media industries and covers the post production area for film, TV and advertising. Post-production is effectively the final step in the making of a film or television programme and advertising; it is the process of refinement and transition from productions' raw materials into a finished product, before distribution and release to the public. Post Production Technical Operators are employed by audio and picture post-production companies, visual effects companies, broadcasters and film and TV production companies, who have their own facilities.

The broad purpose of the role is to provide support, assistance and delivery within the technical support operation of a post-production company. Core duties include (but are not limited to) first line technical and editing support for the workflow and lifecycle of the content in post-production, as well as media backup, ingest and export. The core objective of the position is to ensure that the technical support operations are fulfilled effectively and efficiently, to the technical specification provided. Each company engaged in post-production (of whatever size) employs Technical Operators to prepare, manage and deliver the assets and creative media that's handled during the post production process.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with creative colleagues in editing, visual effects, or production teams, as well as clients. This is a junior position in the Master Control Room (MCR) department and the role is often shift-based and may involve working alone or as part of a larger team; they will then report to senior technical managers.

Post-Production Technical Operators are given high levels of responsibility with sensitive material, working to specific and varied technical standards within time-limited deadlines. In this role, they are responsible for assessing the quality of content and carrying out corrective measures where possible. They have to be able to analyse source material/content and interpret and apply technical specifications to it. Although it is a technical role, there is a need to have an eye for the creative processes in post-production, such as editing, audio mixing and colour grading. The role requires an understanding of current digital file-based workflows, as well as legacy media. Creative

personnel in picture editing, grading and audio dubbing suites depend on the picture and audio files produced by technicians in this position. They are known by a variety of job titles, depending upon the specific services provided by their employer, however the core technical understanding that they use applies across the industry.

This apprenticeship is suitable for those currently working in, or progressing into the following roles:

Technical Operator, MCR Operator, Grade / Edit Assistant, Offline Assistant, Data Wrangler, Digital Imaging Technician (DIT), Dailies Operator, Quality Control Operator, Media Operator, Input / Output Operator.

What will I study?

You will study the knowledge, skills and behaviours as set out within the apprenticeship standard, which will include the following subjects…

? Health and safety legislation and company policies and procedures

? Accurate, effective and timely communication within own team, other departments and customers, to ensure efficient     progress

? Digital content governance, resilience, RAID (redundant array of inexpensive disks), security and confidentiality

? Video signals for film and TV in the digital and analogue domains, including: resolution, sampling, colour science, display     technologies and emerging and legacy video formats/standards

? Audio signals for film and TV in digital and analogue domains, including: signal path, basics, mono, stereo, surround     sound, object-based audio, audio levels and loudness

? Form of content documentation (e.g. metadata), timecode and frame labelling

? Encoding, transcoding and compression of digital audio and video

? High speed file transfer across Local Area Networks (LAN) and Wider Area Networks (WAN)

? IP networks, Cloud and other shared storage systems

? Bandwidth requirements and disk configurations necessary to ensure reliable playback and record performance, at the   required resolution for one or more clients

? Technical standards and customer specifications used for UK and international delivery of programmes, films and     commercials to cinema, TV broadcast and online distribution platforms

How will this course be delivered?

The apprenticeship programme consists of 'on-the-job' and 'off-the-job' training. You will receive on-the-job training from your employer and will also be allowed 20% off-the job training, which will involve your college day-release and independent study.

Your independent study will be recorded in a learning journal, to capture

evidence of your experiences, reflections and achievements.

An assessor coach will be allocated to you and will visit your workplace on a regular basis, liaising with your work-based mentor, but you will also receive master-class workshops from college tutors.

This will give you the opportunity to do real work, developing work-based skills that employers' value and helping you to progress in your chosen career.

What qualifications will I get?

? Level 4 Post Production Technical Operator Apprenticeship Standard

? Level 2 Functional Skills Maths and English (if required)

How will I be assessed?

The apprentice's progress and development will be assessed at regular stages - this is likely to be a combination of assignments, activities, exams, reflective discussions and observations in the workplace.

The employer and training provider will formally sign-off the apprentice's readiness for the independent End Point Assessment (EPA) at 'gateway'. Gateway is the point at which the apprentice has met and can confidently apply the minimum knowledge, skills and behaviours required, as detailed within the apprenticeship standard.

The End-Point Assessment (EPA) will consist of 3 distinct components:

? Knowledge test with multi-choice questions

? Practical observation with questions and answers

? Professional discussion supported by a portfolio of evidence

Performance in the EPA will determine your overall apprenticeship grade i.e. pass or distinction.

How do I get a place on the course?

In order to gain a place on this course, applicants must meet the entry criteria and attend a formal interview. All applications are to be submitted via the college website:


If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please let us know when you apply. If you need help with completing your application and at interview, we can provide support:


What are the entry requirements?

To secure a place of study on the Level 4 Post Production Technical Operator programme, the minimum entry requirements are as follows:

? 1 A Level, or 2 AS Levels (40 UCAS points), or an equivalent qualification in a relevant subject, such as the Level 3 Creative Media Production & Technology UAL Diploma.

? 5 GCSEs at Grade 4/C or above, including the below…

? English GCSE Grade 4/C, Level 2 Functional Skills, or equivalent

? Mathematics GCSE Grade 4/C, Level 2 Functional Skills, or equivalent

? Demonstrate a passion for the creative design and media industry

You must also be employed in a relevant field (as indicated above) for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

What else do I need to know?

This course is a part-time programme and you will be expected to attend 1 day per week, between the hours of 09:00 to 17:00. Timetables will be issued to successful applicants prior to induction and enrolment, at the beginning of the course.

As part of the national apprenticeship guidance, you will also undergo Equality and Diversity, British values and Prevent Training, which will prepare you with the necessary behaviour needed to work within the construction industry.

Furthermore, you will also be required to complete 20% 'off-the-job' training as a minimum requirement for the apprenticeship course, which may require self-directed study, where will be supported by your assessor coach and work-based mentor. There are no direct additional costs for this course, but you may want to purchase some text books for further reading. A suggested reading list will be supplied at the beginning of your course; however, we also have a wide selection of library books and electronic books for you to use too. You will be expected to supply your own stationery, such as folders, pens and paper. Connection to the internet is expected, but facilities are available at college to do this if necessary.

What can I do after this course?

Upon completion of the apprenticeship, you can:

? Continue your employment in the industry


? Progress onto higher level qualifications through the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) to become an Operations /     Departmental Manager.



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The career paths provided are to give you an idea of the careers that you could progress onto in the future. However, for some, you may need to complete higher level qualifications and gain experience before your dream job becomes a reality. The information provided is to support further research and to generate some initial career ideas when choosing a course. Please check entry requirements to degree courses, apprenticeships, and jobs as this may vary from year to year and across providers. For further advice and guidance, please contact: careers@solihull.ac.uk.
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