Event Type: 
Section Meeting
Event Date: 
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 18:15 to 20:30
6 Penrose Way, Greenwich Peninsula,
SE10 0EW London
United Kingdom
Event Details: 

What are BT doing to bring young people into the world of broadcasting?
Get an insight into what it is like to work for BT’s broadcast units,
including BT Media and Broadcast and BT TV, from current apprentices & graduates.

Find out a bit about what happens behind the scenes of one of the
fastest growing TV platforms in the worldright now.
In this session, you will hear from the people who created the apprenticeship scheme for BT TV,
which involved setting up a brand new university degree course at Ravensbourne University.

This meeting was affected by the security alert at N Greenwich
So will be repeated in central London in q1 2017

We will start with SMPTE UK's traditional networking over ample refreshments - 
At 19h00 Promptly you will hear from a number of speakers – starting with an ex-apprentice, Jack Downey,
who now manages new apprentices coming into the company,
followed by Ian Daniels, the person who made this possible by working very closely with Ravensbourne
to create the new degree course entitled ‘Digital Media Technology’.
We will then hear from the course leader at Ravensbourne, who will speak about some of the content covered
and what it is like working with a big company like BT to create a successful course.

This will be followed by a few apprentices and graduates talking about their experiences working in broadcasting so far,
not only with BT but also at Ravensbourne.

We will finish with a panel and networking session with refreshments,
to offer you the chance to ask any questions you may have.


Jack Downey  started a Higher Apprenticeship with BT TV in 2011
and has worked in a number of roles ranging from Service Introduction to 2nd Line Support Operations
whilst studying for a generic IT foundation degree, which upon completion of his apprenticeship
was topped up to a full BSc Honors degree.
After exiting the scheme in 2014 he was given a role within Network Management for BT Media & Broadcast
and also took on the responsibility of managing the current BT Tower based apprentices,
which included the integration of a more Digital Media focused foundation degree programme
that was increased to a full degree programme in September 2015.

Ian Daniels has been working for BT for around the last 24 years, the last 13 of them on the TV project. 
He’s worked on most areas of IPTV delivery over that time from set top boxes to linear TV ingestion. 
His main role throughout this time has been as an expert integrator who has a good awareness
of all the different systems involved.  Around five years ago Ian was asked by the leadership team
to get involved in bringing apprentices and graduates into the team at Adastral Park.
Since then his role has expanded and he has lead on the development of the
Digital Media Technologies Trailblazer apprenticeship, implementing that for seven apprentices,
and also the implementation of both software and network paths within the Technology Solutions
Professional full degree apprenticeship framework.

David Crawford  is a Professor at the University of Essex at Colchester
and at Ravensbourne College in London; his research interests are in networks
and transmission for ‘beyond HD’ multimedia services.
He has worked for over 40 years in the telecoms and broadcast industries and academia.
David has lectured at Essex and Ravensbourne on ‘Networks’ and ‘Digital Multimedia’,
and is now focusing on facilitating courses suitable for industry Degree Apprenticeship schemes.
He is Director of a small high tech start-up in France, runs his own technical consultancy company TTL,
and chairs and presents regularly at international conferences. David is a Member of the RTS
Council and Board Member of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET);
Member of SMPTE; and Special Interest Group Champion for Digital Content at Cambridge Wireless (CW).
David leads the European Sports Video Group’s education initiative,
and is Executive Producer for the annual IBC Multimedia Conference in Amsterdam.

Ryan Merrin is a third year BT TV Apprentice completing a foundation degree designed especially
for his team at Ravensbourne in London. He began his apprenticeship by working
in Media and Broadcast –the team who work at football and other sporting events to get the
footage from the camera and into your TV, where he helped to test new technology
being used to cover live events. He has now moved to work in the Environment and Test Team,
who build, maintainand test all of the new technologies in labs that are being used
to make TV products and services quicker, more reliable and more cutting edge.
He says “Working in TV has proven really exciting and a very rewarding two years,
and I’m sure that will continue long after I complete my apprenticeship”.

Sean Norgate is a Higher Apprentice with BT TV who started in 2014. Over the last 2 years he’s worked
in a few different roles supporting various aspects of the delivery of BT’s IPTV service.
He currently sits in the 2nd line support team for the BT Sport app, where he uses statistics to identify issues
and determine route causes.
Sean has always had an interest in technology, and studied maths and physics at the University of Warwick
before starting at BT. He’s now studying for the Digital Media Technology foundation degree course
at Ravensbourne, and with one year left is considering topping this up to a full BSc afterwards,
continuing his career in TV and broadcasting.

Seyitan Kuyinu  joined the BT Graduate Scheme in September 2015,
having graduated from the University of Kent in July 2015,
with a BSc Honours degree in Computer Science and a Year in Industry.
Sey currently works in the IPTV 2nd line support team in BT TV, and is part of the team
that is responsible for supporting the BT Sport and BT TV apps.
The role involves monitoring the performance and viewing experience of the apps, using data and statistics
to identify issues and resolve them, and working with the App Development Teams
to improve the customer experience on the apps.

Marco Delgado joined the BT graduate scheme 3 years ago as a software engineer in TV.
Since then he’s had the opportunity to work in many projects; improving BT’s software delivery lifecycle
making it simpler and more efficient, supporting projects which would allow BT to have a more targeted
and personalised experience with their products, designing and developing new solutions
to allow BT TV to still function without problems when something unexpected happens.
He says “my experience so far makes me excited for what’s to come as I have been able
to learn a huge amount and work with amazing teams and people



Ravensbourne is right next to the 02 - and easily accessed by the Jubilee line (North Greenwich) which is only 11 Minutes from Waterloo

If you are coming from Oxford Circus/Soho / Liverpool Street– the Central line to Stratford then Jubilee line is a useful route

Or a variety of buses, by the Thames Clipper  and the Emirates Airline  for connection to DLR.

See the Ravensbourne website

We thank BT trainees for arranging this meeting and Ravensbourne for  funding for this meeting