We’re celebrating a successful first full year of our New Talent Academy!
New Talent Academy delivers NCFE accredited creative media courses in TV and Film, Radio Production, and Music Production to young people and adults in Greater Manchester! In 2022, 87 learners in total joined, with 10 going into further education, 25 taking on volunteering roles, and 19 going into employment. This includes presenting for Unity Radio and BBC Radio One.
Based in HOST at Media City, New Talent Academy is all about providing ‘real life learning’.
First launched in 2021, this exciting opportunity offers vocational education, training, and pre-employment provision, plus the opportunity for learners to present their own radio show. Broadcast weekly on Unity Radio, the live show provides practical experience in producing and presenting.
New Talent Academy also teaches skills such as leadership, collaboration, resilience, problem solving and communication. Throughout the course, learners interact with industry professionals and locally known artists, who can provide unique insights into the industry. All courses are taught by experienced facilitators with first-hand industry experience.
As well as professional success, New Talent Academy has a proven track record of improving wellbeing amongst learners. This includes reducing a range of risk-taking activities, such as going missing from home, self-harming, and antisocial behaviour.
We’re now forming relationships with other providers for onward pathways into longer term employment, education, and training.
“Our New Talent Academy is a unique accredited outcome-led education, training, and wellbeing center. With a focus on the creative, media and digital industries there are few learning centers that can combine both learning following by training in a working environment. Access to Unity Radio is what makes the difference, improving confidence, developing the transferable skills for young people and supporting them into longer term pathways” – Lee Dinsdale, Director of North West Media