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WHETHER you want to become a computer animator, chartered surveyor or carer, apprenticeships are a popular route into a whole host of different occupations. You can earn while you learn and gain the muchneeded experience and qualifications for your dream career.

Over the next four weeks Careers Wales will explore a variety of sectors in which apprenticeships are available, starting with the creative industries.

Advertising, architecture, art, design, fashion, film, music, publishing, TV, radio and video games are collectively known as the 'creative industries.' .' Around 50,000 people work in the sector in Wales, it is worth PS1.6bn to the Welsh economy, and there are dozens of apprenticeships available.

Fashion designer Wales has turned out its fair share of talented designers, from Laura Ashley to Julien MacDonald, as well as high-profile brands such as Howies, Hiut Denim and Toast.

An apprenticeship in fashion design will give you an overview of the different tasks - from pattern cutting to selecting and buying cloth and accessories. It's usual to work irregular hours to meet deadlines and overseas travel to fashion shows or to visit suppliers is a possibility.

Once qualified, starting salaries are around PS16,000 with average salaries for an experienced designer in the region of PS25,000.

Computer animator We've all been blown away by characters such as Gollum in Lord of The Rings and 3D-animated films like Minions. But have you ever thought about how computer-generated films, video games and TV programmes are made? This is the job of a computer animator, the person who creates moving images via the use of a computer - a process known as CGI (Computer Generated Imagery).

Computer animation is a lengthy and detailed process. A 90-minute film will require around 135,000 images.

Starting salaries in the UK are around PS12,000 with the average for an experienced animator being PS24,000.

Particularly talented animators who end up working in Hollywood for the likes of Dreamworks or Disney can expect significantly more.

TV director TV programmes like Cardiff-made Casualty and Doctor Who require a lot of people to deliver the finished product, from researchers and lighting specialists to camera operators to scriptwriters. But the person who holds it all together is the director.

It's their job to turn the producer's ideas into what we eventually see on our screens.

They need to advise on the feasibility of the script, manage the budget, organise the shooting schedule, lead the cast and crew and oversee post-production, to name but a few responsibilities.

The average salary for a TV director is PS39,000, but ranges from PS20,000 to PS80,000.

The apprenticeship programme is funded by the Welsh Government with the support of the European Social Fund.

For more information about becoming an apprentice, visit or call 0800 028 4844


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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 13, 2015
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