Diva has taken on an apprentice – with his drive and enthusiasm securing a direct route into his chosen career.
17-year-old Ellis Masser has joined our Digital Services Team to support on video projects.
He originally spent time with us as part of his work experience from Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School in 2014, a spell that inspired him to pursue a future in film.
Earlier this year, Ellis contacted Diva to ask if he could return for extra experience before heading to college to study video production.
Over the summer, Ellis gained valuable work experience, allowing him to showcase his skills and determination – and encouraging Diva to offer him a full-time apprenticeship as an alternative to further education.
Alasdair Jackson, Digital Services Team Manager at Diva Creative, said: “We have been highly impressed by Ellis’s motivation and talent, and I look forward to seeing him develop alongside his experienced colleagues.
“Diva has enjoyed a number of recent commissions that have enabled us to grow our team and offer Ellis this role.
“We support the government’s Get In Go Far campaign, which recognises that apprenticeships offer tremendous benefits to businesses and chances for young people like Ellis to kickstart their careers.”
Ellis has wasted no time as an apprentice, having already ventured out and about to record footage of the Herd of Sheffield elephants from the Children’s Hospital Charity.
Ellis said: “My work experience at Diva when I was 15 opened my eyes to video production and helped me to decide on what to do next after I left school.
“The apprenticeship is a great way for me to learn new skills while earning, and I have really enjoyed my first couple of weeks in the world of work.”