TV students graduate from BBC’s ‘Get into Media’ scheme

TV students graduate from BBC’s ‘Get into Media’ scheme

Three talented TV and Film students from Trafford College’s Altrincham campus have graduated from the BBC’s 'Get into Media' scheme.

The Year 2 students, Matthew Kitchen, Marnie Thornton and Lewis Boyle have been involved in the scheme for the last year and received a certificate at a recent graduation ceremony recognising their achievements. The scheme, which was launched in 2018, aims to improve opportunities for sixth form students interested in the BBC and Media by offering advice, training, mentoring and industry work experience.

The BBC Academy’s New Talent team partnered with talent specialists MyKindaFuture to launch the mentoring scheme and accompany Year 12 and 13 students as they progress in their final years of school.

This 18-month scheme kicked off with 'Discovery Days' in Salford during which students got the chance to mix with BBC employees. The Discovery Days were designed not only to assess young people, but to give them an insight into a media career.

Lewis Boyle and Matthew Kitchen commented after the experience, “It was great to get an insight into how all the different job roles interacted with each other and see it happen actually on site in the production offices, a professional environment. It gave us a real feel for what the actual job might be like and it's something we want to work towards now."

Marnie Thornton added, "I was really surprised to find out how many different sections and job roles there were at the BBC and to hear all the different stories of how people got into it. The whole experience has really encouraged me just to try and get an opportunity to join the organisation and find my career pathway."

Claire Paul, BBC Director of Leadership Development and New Talent, says: “This programme is part of the BBC’s mission to reinvent ourselves for the next generation. It offers unique opportunities for young people from the broadest range of backgrounds to secure a future career with the BBC. We hope to see them all applying for our Apprenticeships in two years’ time.”

MyKindaFuture are emerging talent specialists in the UK, who raise skills and aspirations of more than 80,000 young people aged 11-25 years old each year. Will Akerman, Founder & MD, MyKindaFuture says: “MyKindaFuture are incredibly proud to partner with the BBC Academy in launching the new Get Into Media programme. The initiative will engage young people in London and Manchester through face to face and digital activity, combining BBC’s expertise and our networks.

"Together we’ll be able to impact the lives of those young people who don’t already have access to the invaluable careers networks that their peers do, and, in doing so, we can really start to take a practical step towards levelling the playing field. We look forward to empowering a diverse mix of young people and helping them to realise their full potential.”