Community Radio and learning

December 12, 2012 in Project News

young person learning audio skillsCommunity radio training projects have been proven to support people in the most deprived communities to overcome social and personal barriers to work.

We enable participants to develop a wide range of skills for work and life including teamwork and time planning as they make radio programmes about their local area.  They learn to research and interview well and develop ICT and digital media skills that are widely sought after in the labour market.

As learners work together on their radio projects they inevitably improve their communication skills especially in presenting their views to others, raise their self esteem and become more confident and ready to engage in the world of work.

Radio for employability

December 12, 2012 in Project News

employability certificatesLast year Radio Regen ran a ‘Radio training for employability’ course for unemployed young people in Tameside.

Radio training for employability attracted people who might not enjoy more traditional learning experiences as the setting was informal and making radio is engaging and hands on.

The course lasted two weeks and participants first learnt the skills needed to make radio and then worked collaboratively to put a programme together to be broadcast on Tameside FM.

Many biscuits were devoured, friendships made and confidence increased.

Staff recognised and exploited the diversity of the groups and tailored the course to individual learners’ needs.  Learners experimented with media making in a live and real broadcast setting – preparing them well for a career in media.

Community radio settings also offer a range of other employment and volunteering opportunities – in administrative roles, sales training and technical support.

Connect:Transmit – key messages

December 8, 2012 in Project News

logo headphonesWe already know that youth community radio training can support young people to become more confident and capable members of their community.  Our recent survey of community radio training organisations, the groundwork for a larger piece of work, suggests that 80% of community radio organisations work with young people and that the majority of these organisations work with those that others might call ‘hard to reach’ or vulnerable.  In addition, our survey data highlights the vital role that community radio organisations play in bringing together people who live and work in diverse communities.

Early findings from our nationwide survey tell us that youth radio training offers young people a chance to:

  • Learn 21st century literacies (such as digital and media literacies) alongside traditional literacies
  • Develop personal capacities vital for their future life and work
  • Represent themselves and be recognised and valued
  • Work in partnership with others in their community to bring about positive change

Despite this our survey data paints a picture of a sector in crisis, where workers fear for their jobs, or are working long hours for little or no pay.  Many told us that, despite a plethora of experience, they could no longer deliver youth training projects because their organisation did not have the capacity to do so.  This was disproportionately affecting work with groups that are known to require more time and resource.

Our project, connect:transmit, aims to increase the capacity of the sector to promote the development of young people, specifically connected to training, speaking and listening skills and enabling the young participants to become better informed, more positive, and more active in their communities.

The project will support the sector through:

  • Documenting existing practice in the sector
  • Conducting evaluated pilot projects and disseminating an evaluation report and good practice guide at regional seminars and through a national conference/event
  • Creating national networks for youth practitioners and young people at community radio stations
  • Lobbying policy makers

For further information about the project, offers of support and ideas for getting our voice heard please contact:

tel: 0161 234 2799