Event Type: 
Section Meeting
Event Date: 
Monday, February 6, 2017 - 18:15 to 20:30
BT Tower
Maple Street
W1P 6EA 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
and the Work Based Degrees created to support their education

This is a repeat of the meeting affected by the Security Alert at N Greenwich on 20 October

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
which sets the pattern for  Work based learning
And find out a bit about what happens behind the scenes of one of the
fastest growing TV platforms in the world right now.


Please note the security requirements for BT Tower at the bottom of the page

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.

This is a great opportunity for students to meet those recent graduates in our industries - and all BT covers 
and for established members to find out the structure and operation of Work based Learning Degrees


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”.


We thank BT Media and Broadcast for providing the venue and ample refreshments


We will be entering BT Tower by the main public entrance in Maple Sreet

 We look forward to welcoming you to the BT Tower
and would like to draw your attention to the following security arrangements.

On arrival at the BT Tower you will need to produce a form of official, photographic identification
in addition to your invitation:

  • New style driving licence
  • Photo credit card
  • Passport
  • Official company pass
  • Student University Photocard

Business and Travel cards are not acceptable.

On arrival at BT Tower main entrance you will pass through an airport style security check.
Any items found which may be considered to constitute an offensive weapon,
for example an article which has a blade or is sharply pointed, will be detained at the security point
until you leave the building at the end of the event.


BT Tower lies between 4 tube stations about 8-15 mins walk away

 Great Portland Street  Circle, Hammersmith & City Metropolitan is the nearest 
- exit the station -  head East along Euston Road one block to ex BBC Grafton House
(which has strange Concrete finish) turn right down Cleveland Street  
until you come to the Clipstone St.  / Maple St. junction – beware of traffic and cyclists from the right
- Turn Left along Maple Street to the entrance just before the alley.

Warren Street Victoria and Northern Line   exit the station into Tottenham Court Road walk south
– take the Third Right into Maple Street walk against the direction of traffic to the Entrance
which is just after an alleyway

Goodge Street   Northern Line - turn left out of the station and walk North up Tottenham Court Road –
Turn Third Left into Maple street and walk against the direction of traffic to the Entrance
which is just after an alleyway

Oxford Circus  Central  Victoria and Bakerloo line  Walk up Regent street , into the BBC open space
– turn Right under  the Peel Wing to Langham Street which then becomes Foley Street  
-  go to the end of the street and then turn Left into  Cleveland Street
at the Clipstone St. /Maple Street  junction turn Right to the entrance just before the alley.

Tottenham Court Road   Exit the station  onto Oxford  Street West/ South  -  walk along Oxford Street  
westwards  turn second Right  into Rathbone place (Soho St is its southern extension)  
at the top of Rathbone Place right and left into Charlotte Street to continue northwards
until you meet Maple Street ( traffic and cyclists  coming from the left)
– turn left to the Entrance which is just after an alleyway