Glasgow & West Scotland

Funding of £500,000 for students to train in Games roles

Funding of more than £500,000 has been confirmed to give hundreds of students media-related work experience at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

More than 200 young people will be given hands-on experience in roles such as camera operation and journalism.

Host Broadcaster Training Initiative will also see a further 400 students and lecturers take part in training.

The students chosen to take part will be drawn from a number of universities and colleges around Scotland.

The scheme is part of the Legacy 2014 programme run by games organiser Glasgow 2014.

It is being funded with £534,000 from the Scottish Funding Council and Skills Development Scotland.

'Generation of talent'

The training will be jointly managed and delivered by SVGTV, the host broadcaster for the Glasgow games, and Creative Loop, Scotland's talent development hub for the creative media industries.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: "Working at Scotland's biggest ever sporting event will be an exciting and rewarding experience for these students.

"The benefits for Scotland are a new generation of talent, giving Scottish firms a wider pool of experienced staff to cover other major sporting or music events.

"There will also be a greater ability for our colleges to teach new skills in the creative industries. That is a tremendous, tangible and long lasting legacy from hosting the games."

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