Alex Pickering – Sheffield College

Sheffield College apprentice Alex Pickering, 19, is training to become a camera operator with Televideo, one of the UK’s leading outside broadcast companies.
Also pictured from left to right: Paul Corcoran, Chief Executive of The Sheffield College with Paul Scivill, Managing Director of Televideo.
Sheffield College’s Skills Solution For Apprentices And Leading Broadcast Company Televideo
Sheffield College apprentice Alex Pickering is training as a camera operator with one of the UK’s leading outside broadcast and television production companies. The 19-year-old, from Rotherham, started an apprenticeship with Sheffield-based Televideo last September after seeing an advertisement for the vacancy on social media.
Alex said: “I’m really enjoying the apprenticeship. I love working under pressure, and to deadline, and learning on the job. I studied A Levels but decided I didn’t want to go to university. I just wanted to get straight into the world of work.” He added: “We’ve been on some great assignments including amateur and world boxing, basketball and world wrestling assignments. A lot of my friends have gone to university but I feel that I am ahead of them now with my industry skills and experience.”
Televideo has recently recruited 16 apprentices to fill skills shortages and support growth in the creative industries sector. They spend four days a week with the company on assignments, and one day at The Sheffield College’s Hillsborough campus.
Paul Scivill, Managing Director, Televideo, said: “Our priority is to recruit home grown talent, create jobs and invest in the broadcast industry regionally. We are really pleased to be working with The Sheffield College to train our first apprentices in the right skills that support our business growth.”
Established in 1976, Televideo provides outside broadcast and production facilities to major broadcasters including the BBC, Channel 4, Sky Sport, Premier Sport, Eurosport and Channel 5. The company, which has 55 staff and offices on Furnival Road in Sheffield as well as in Edinburgh, has grown to become one of the largest in its sector in the UK and operates 11 outside broadcast units. It needs more camera, videotape and graphics operators, vision and sound engineers, post-production staff, warehouse operatives and riggers. Visit
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Paul Corcoran, Chief Executive, The Sheffield College, commented: “Apprenticeships provide employers with a fantastic opportunity to recruit and mould talent to their business needs. We are delighted to work with Televideo to address skill shortages and boost business growth.”