New Media Opportunities in Birmingham

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Delighted to attend the Digital Media Business Cluster event at the Mailbox. The organisation formed out of the ruins of the old regional development agency cluster group has some grand ambitions for the ‘region’. Essentially it seemed the event was promoting the new ‘apprenticeships’ in creative and media with several competing groups in attendance. Probably the most stimulating input was from James Patterson of the BBC on engineering at the BBC and their apprentice scheme which sounds fantastic. He is trying to drive the average age of engineering from the current stratospheric 46 yrs to something lower! Nonetheless talking to him after the event the scheme he outlined is terrific and probably an ideal for the apprenticeship model.

(The picture of Media City Birmingham courtesy of Digital Media City Seoul)

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