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“We are delighted to have formed partnerships with so many local organisations, to provide our students with valuable work experience.

 

One of our thriving link-ups is with the BBC’s ‘Introducing’ team, which is giving our music and media students some truly amazing opportunities.

 

In recent weeks they have been spending time at the BBC Shropshire studios to film and sound engineer live performances by the hottest new talent across the county, such as Rainbreakers and Ruby Allen. 

 

Members of the Introducing team have also visited our Haybridge campus to talk to students, offering an insight into their career journeys, and day-to-day working routines. 

 

Keen drummer Molly Grigg, a member of college band The Final Calling, is studying level three music and sat in on one of the sessions.

 

She said: “I didn’t know much about BBC Introducing before the workshop, but it seems like an incredible opportunity, and the radio side of things really interested me – it got me thinking about a different career path.”

 

Scotty Powell, a creative media level three student, also enjoyed the BBC workshop, saying: “It was really inspiring. I found it interesting learning about their career paths and how they progressed into the BBC.

 

 

Molly Grigg, music student and drummer
Students at the BBC studios

 

“I’ve realised I want to do a job that I really enjoy, and video editing or sports broadcasting would be my dream.”

 

This sort of feedback proves what a massive difference these kind of partnerships really do make.

 

We already have a long history of bands and artists from our college being played on BBC introducing Shropshire and other BBC radio stations, but this link-up opens up yet more opportunities, such as supporting live sessions and editing video content.

 

It means students can say they have sound engineered for a live music broadcast on the BBC, and filmed and edited content to be broadcast on their social media channels. This is incredible for their CV’s and UCAS applications. We were also involved in the latest BBC Music Day showcase event at Albert’s Shed, in Southwater, and are looking forward to working with the venue in the near future to provide yet more amazing real-life work experience for our music students.

Graham Guest | Principal and CEO | November 2019