Salford City College supports Reform Radio Traineeship Graduation

9 September

Deputy Principal, Michael J. Walsh proudly presented trainee’s with their certificates at the Reform Radio Digital Traineeship Graduation Ceremony.

The traineeship has been running since June this year and is a 12 week programme funded by Salford City College and delivered by Reform Radio, in partnership with the Prince’s Trust. The programmed has allowed 18 young people to complete their Level 1 Digital Traineeships and they also complete a work placement in companies such as Bearded Fellows (a video and animation studio) Contact Theatre, Webantic (Software Development Studio) and Sonder Radio. The traineeships focuses primarily on digital and employment skills and Reform Radio uses the method of radio to engage young people in transferrable skills.

The radio station is online 24/7 and was created by Jemma Tanswell, Rachel Roger and Sam Oliveria off the back off the recession to help inspire young people to find them work.

KWP_0185 The graduation evening took place in a modern workshop in Old   Granada Studios. Each young person took to the stage to present  individual experiences of the placement – all with a recurring theme of  how their confidence has improved massively and how just 12 weeks  ago they wouldn’t have felt comfortable standing up in a room full of  people and talking. The young people are educated to various levels and some left school with little to no qualifications and  have all expressed their endless thanks to Salford City College, Reform Radio and the Prince’s Trust for the life-changing opportunity. One young person, Michael Morris said, “Reform Radio’s traineeship has helped me a million times in so many ways.”

Jemma Tanswell, one of the Directors at Reform Radio was very moved by all the speeches and said, “We have already seen some amazing outcomes – a couple to mention are Sky Summers who has gained a place on a Drama and Creative course at University of Salford and Charlotte Quest and Jacel Finlayson have enrolled onto respective courses in Media and Health and Social Care at Salford City College. I am also pleased to announce that our next cohort of trainees will start on Monday 17 October this year!”

Deputy Principal, Michael J. Walsh, said, “You are really truly inspirational young adults, all of the inspirational stories have blown me away, you hear a lot in education about exams and pass rates but I have always believed the real measure of the impact of education is the difference it makes to people and you can clearly see the difference that this programme has made and Salford City College is proud to support this traineeship”.

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