STUDENTS are being given a chance to get ahead in the world of television with the launch of a training scheme.

Oxford film production company Bounce Video has teamed up with City of Oxford College to give young people experience of professional TV work.

The company, run by former BBC producer Grace Gibbons, has offered 30-hour placements to 16-18-year-olds on the college's creative arts media course.

Imogen Taberner, 17, is halfway through her placement and has filmed video shoots at Exeter College and at SpyBiotech - an Oxford University start-up technology firm based on Oxford Business Park.

Miss Taberner said: "I have learnt about setting up equipment and lighting and the importance of blocking out background noise in interviews.

"My favourite part so far was when I got to see a professional drone operator at work. It was really new to me and quite exciting.

"I was also given a camera and asked to take production photos, which I really enjoyed.

She added: "The experience has helped me learn more about how filming works and gain experience of being on set."

Students at the college in Oxpens Road are also offered training in CV and cover letter writing skills and advice on seeking work in media.

Ms Gibbons, who has produced / directed programmes such as Gogglebox, Watchdog and One Born Every Minute, said opportunities in TV were hard to come by.

She said: "Media and TV work experience opportunities are hard to find, and often it’s about having a personal contact.

"When I was 17, I was lucky enough to get work experience at Channel 4 through a friend, it was a huge stepping stone, which helped me get onto a leading broadcasting degree programme.

"I feel strongly that all young people should be able to have these kinds of opportunities so I’m very pleased to have established this link with City of Oxford College."

She added: "I’ve been really impressed by how Imogen has applied herself to this opportunity, it’s been a pleasure to support someone entering the industry."

Director of career pathways at City of Oxford College, Iain Landles, said the partnership offered a great chance for pupils.

He said: "The opportunity for our students to work with a professional company has been outstanding.

"Bounce Video is one of those rare companies that works at the cutting edge of the film industry, but also wants to train and help the next generation.

He added: "We are very fortunate to have such a partner."