Young people in the North East will have the chance to tune in
to a radio career with the launch of a new course - the first of
its kind in the region.
Gateshead College has teamed up with industry leader Metro Radio
to create a training programme that will give students the
experience and skills needed to pursue a successful career in radio
broadcasting including presenting and production.
And the new programme is already reaping reward for some - the
first two students to enrol have had an initial taste of working in
radio by interviewing Steve and Karen, the stars of Metro's weekday
Nicole Taylor, 15, and Jordan Brown, 16, both from North
Shields, will start the programme when it begins this September but
the pair have already benefitted from spending time with the Metro
Nicole said: "It's great to learn from the professionals and
have the opportunity to work alongside inspirational presenters
that you have grown up listening to.
"I know the course will equip me the skills and insight for the
industry I really want to work in."
Jordan added: "I want to be on the course because I love music
and everything about radio. My ambition is to be a successful
presenter and I believe completing this course will allow me to
realise my dream."
The new Level 3 in Commercial Radio
course, which is equivalent to A Levels, was designed by
Gateshead College and Metro Radio to ensure the skills students
learn match the needs of the industry.
The programme's emphasis on providing real work experience will
ensure students get to be a part of the Metro Radio professional
team and work on real projects.
Kevin Smith, head of group creative and cultural at Gateshead
College, said: "We're delighted to be working with Metro Radio to
launch this innovative programme, which is yet another great
example of how we are radically adapting our curriculum to be more
"Radio can be an extremely difficult industry to break into, but
this course will give our students a significant advantage by
providing real experience, opening doors and enabling them to forge
important relationships with professionals."
The course will immerse students in all of the elements and
roles involved in radio including production, editing, promotion,
presenting, interviewing and how to create engaging radio content.
Steve Furnell of Metro Radio said: "This new course will be the
best career route for anyone looking to work in the exciting world
"When I was a teenager and looking for my break in radio I was
actually rejected by Metro when I wrote to them asking for an
opportunity to get involved. This training will give the students
the opportunity I never had, allowing them to get involved and
really understand how a radio station operates.
"Karen and I are proud to be supporting this pioneering project
and we're looking forward to welcoming the students to the station
Anyone interested in finding out more or enrolling on the
programme can meet the team from Metro Radio at Gateshead College's
Baltic Campus on Monday 20th August from 10am until