A Rotherham apprentice says he is ahead of his friends at university after starting work at a production company.
Alex Pickering, 19, is in training as a camera operator with Sheffield-based Televideo on an apprenticeship course run by The Sheffield College.
He applied for the course after seeing it advertised on social media and has not looked back.
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.”
“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.
The company, established in 1976, provides outside broadcast and production facilities to major names including the BBC, Channel 4, Sky Sport, Premier Sport, Eurosport and Channel 5.
Televideo has 55 staff in its offices in Furnival Road in Sheffield, and also has an office in Edinburgh.
The firm's managing director Paul Scivill 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.”
The Sheffield College is the largest provider of work-based courses in Sheffield and the surrounding areas. More than 2,000 apprentices are training with the college at any one time across a wide range of sectors, from business administration and dental technology to horticulture and pharmacy.
Chief executive Paul Corcoran said: “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.”
Johnston Press titles in South Yorkshire and the North Midlands, including The Star and the Doncaster Free Press have launched an awards scheme to recognise the increasing value of apprenticeships to the success of the region.
The Sheffield College is one of the award sponsors.
For more details, including online entry form and criteria for each category, visit nmsyapprenticeshipawards.com.