To coincide with the launch of ITN Business’ new apprenticeships programme, Apprenticeships: Pathway to Success, we hear from some of our very own apprentices within the ITN Business family.

ITN Business’ newest recruit is former apprentice, Sam Ayache-Walker, who has joined the team as an Edit Assistant, supporting the editors, and managing and ingesting media. Here, he tells us about his apprenticeship journey and how it’s been an amazing launchpad to his career.

“I started out on a year-long Level 4 Edit Assistant apprenticeship provided by ScreenSkills and funded by Amazon Prime,” says Sam, who began his position at the start of 2024. “The apprenticeship involved placements at ITN Post and Hat Trick Post, and off-the-job training provided by London South Bank University (LSBU).

“I first heard about ScreenSkills at an awards evening for the media course I was on at college,” he explains.

ScreenSkills is the industry-led skills body for the screen industries – film, television (including children’s, unscripted and high-end), VFX (visual effects), animation and games.

They support future innovation across the UK, providing insight, career development and other opportunities to help people get into the industry and progress within it.

“The apprenticeship found the placements, and ITN was the first of two — which I stayed at for about 9 months,” says Sam. “Through it, I’ve gained a huge amount of technical knowledge about my role, and I am grateful for the amazing opportunities I’ve had to work on a variety of shows, including ‘Andes Plane Crash‘ and ‘Michael Mosley: Secrets of Your Big Shop‘. ”

‘Andes Plane Crash’ is a new three-part documentary produced by ITN about the Andes Plane Crash of 1972. It aired over three evenings on Channel 5, from Tuesday 9th January.
‘What I’ve learnt’
“Some of the different skills I’ve learnt working as an Edit Assistant include ingesting media and general media management, syncing multi-cam shoots, conforming low-res media back to high-res, quality control, and troubleshooting edit suite issues. I’ve also developed a further understanding of the production process as a whole. Personal time management was also something I had to learn by balancing the workload at my placements, as well as the training work provided by LSBU.”
Channel 4’s ‘Michael Mosley: Secrets Of Your Big Shop’, produced by ITN.

The rewards of an apprenticeship

“The most rewarding aspect of my apprenticeship has been gaining the experience to be trusted to fulfill my role as an Edit Assistant on many projects, and also getting credited on the shows!

“You gain valuable on-the-job training, learning specific tasks, as well as off-the-job training which goes towards a qualification — all paid for by your employer. The exposure to what goes on within an industry is just as useful.”

“The apprenticeship was an amazing start to my career and I’m happy to be continuing my progression as an Edit Assistant for ITN Business. My one piece of advice for aspiring apprentices is to ask lots of questions — and take every opportunity that comes along to learn a new skill or task in your chosen role.”

ITN Business’ upcoming programme: ‘Apprenticeships: Pathway to Success’

In the UK, nearly a million people are engaged in apprenticeships, marking a significant opportunity for individuals to embark on lifelong careers right at the start of their working lives.

Today, apprenticeships have evolved to offer more than ever before. They are not only a valuable avenue for newcomers to gain work experience, but also an opportunity for individuals to pursue a degree while working. Furthermore, apprenticeships have become a compelling option for up-skilling or transitioning to new roles, with 45% of new apprentices being over the age of 25. ‘Apprenticeships: Pathway to Success’, launching on 7 February, will demonstrate how apprenticeships are a key gateway for lifelong careers, education, and skills development.