More than 2.5 million young people in the UK are either out of work, working part time or in jobs for which they are overqualified. This year, Media Trust launched Transforming Hidden Talent, a Queen’s Young Leaders programme with the aim of getting 100 young people into meaningful employment this year, by building their skills, connections and confidence. The 12-month programme is about providing young people with the tools to explore opportunities available within the media industry.
We’ve teamed up with Media Trust to host two, one-day master classes; one today in Manchester and another later this month in Birmingham, to offer young people the chance to find out more about what we do and the opportunities available. A key part of the programme is 1-1 mentoring, and around 20 ITV colleagues have become mentors, to share their knowledge of the industry and offer guidance and support.
I’m a mentor, and I’m delivering the Coronation Street session for the group. It’s great to be part of a scheme that is actively supporting young people to get into employment, develop their skills and increase their confidence. Robbie Sandison, Head of Production, Coronation Street