London, UK (September 27, 2007)–The trade body that represents UK service companies to the film and television screen industries has announced a partnership with JAMES (Joint Audio Media Educational Service) that will help advance its initiatives for audio sector training.
JAMES was created by the education arm of the APRS (Association of Professional Recording Services) and the MPG (Music Producers Guild), who have jointly been evaluating audio courses for over a decade. With the added support of the UK Screen Association (formerly UK Post)–announced at its annual Conch Sound Awards–the program will expand to include courses in audio post production and other areas of film and television that were not covered in the existing accreditation.
JAMES was created to be a link between the professional audio industry and education with an initial focus on music recording and production skills. It currently offers accreditation for courses in higher education that provide training in areas established as being attractive to potential employers. UK Screen members have expressed concerns that it is difficult to know what courses best prepare graduates with the skills that facilities are looking for from entry-level applicants. After looking at possible programs of course evaluation, it was decided to link into the existing structure that had been established for over a decade by the APRS and MPG.
JAMES is currently working with UK Screen to document the specific content that the industry would ideally expect courses to include. This will form the basis of an accreditation program with links to UK Screen and its members. As well as accreditation, JAMES also provides courses with access to industry professionals who can advise course leaders on specific issues and techniques. This also includes JAMES master classes and seminar panels, where industry individuals interact directly with students and courses.
UK Screen Association