Mayor of Greater Manchester inspires Creative and Digital students at FutureSkills at MediaCityUk

29 November 2019

On Wednesday afternoon, Andy Burnham delivered a keynote speech at the inaugural ‘Creative Conference’ at FutureSkills at MediaCityUK.

Mr. Burnham spoke of his hopes to launch a new scheme in 2020 which will support young people in Greater Manchester to find work experience, paid internships and shadowing opportunities in the growing media and creative sectors in and around the City.

The Mayor was joined at the conference by guests from the BBC, including The Head of Public Engagement, Nicola Crowther and Radio 5 Live Journalist Carmel O’Grady for a talk on career opportunities at BBC North.

Head of Media at FutureSkills at MediaCityUK, Catherine Davies, said: “It was an honour to have such a prestigious guest join us this afternoon. Andy Burnham’s speech really motivated many of our young and creative students who are hoping to further their careers in the media industry.”

Alongside the keynote speeches, students took part in a range of hands on skill workshops delivered by industry professionals. These sessions included Lighting for Films, Photography Composition, Radio Recording and Vox Pops and Live Text event coverage.

Journalism BTEC student, Adam Brodie, 19, from Weaste, said: “We had an amazing day. It’s such a great opportunity to learn new skills and to make important industry connections. I felt incredibly inspired by Andy Burnham’s speech and it was great being able to ask him questions about the creative industry.”

Media Student, Marta Gheresus echoed his words saying: “It was the best day at college. I feel incredibly grateful to have received such an inspiring speech. It has really motivated me!”.

FutureSkills at MediaCityUK was funded by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority Local Growth Fund and the Local Enterprise Partnership.

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