ITV Wales employed Safyan Iqbal at its Head Quarters in Cardiff Bay. Safyan was born with poor hearing which worsened over time until he had surgery aged 11 to fit a cochlear implant which helped him to hear more clearly. He had always wanted to work in TV but was worried that being deaf might be a barrier.
Nia Britton, Operations Manager at ITV Wales says: “Safyan started doing some work experience with us at ITV Wales, which progressed into a month-long paid internship. Safyan was then selected from hundreds of applicants for the full-time apprenticeship role at our Headquarters. He is now a Creative and Digital Media Apprentice with us, where he’s learnt a variety of skills including how to operate cameras, shoot and edit as part of his ambition to become a camera operator or filmmaker.
Safyan is one of four apprentices and he joined us on merit. We loved his personality and his work ethic – he’s one of the most hard-working people I know and has a huge passion for filming and editing. He’s a great person to be around and he teaches us a lot. We make no assumptions about his ability and we’ll help him as much as he needs it.”