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Posted by on Jan 4, 2016 in Education, Employment, Skills, Trustee Opportunities | 0 comments

Knowle West Media Centre: Junior Digital Producer Programme Sponsorship Opportunity

Knowle West Media Centre: Junior Digital Producer Programme Sponsorship Opportunity

The Junior Digital Producer Programme: The Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) set up and runs a six-month programme to support young people who have experienced barriers to employment, develop in-demand skills while working on a project that has a positive social impact. In order for this proven and successful employment model to continue, the KWMC depends on the support of outside organisations and funders.
 

The Need

 
In 2013, the Knowle West Media Centre undertook research for the ELEBCIS project and found that in Bristol’s creative and digital sector, many employers were reporting skills gaps amongst their current workforce and applicants without the skills they needed. Unpaid opportunities for young people are fiercely contested and there are very few paid roles. Many young people, particularly from disadvantaged backgrounds, cannot afford to work for free to gain the experience that will give them the edge.
 

The Programme

 
For the last three years the KWMC have run the Junior Digital Producer Programme with support from the Creative Employment Programme. 24 young people aged 18-24 have experienced paid employment and training at KWMC as Junior Digital Producers (JDPs). Many had been unemployed for at least six months and experienced barriers to employment before joining our team.

During their employment, JDPs learn a range of in-demand skills such as coding, web development, video production, effective communications, digital marketing, animation, data collection and visualization. They also learn valuable employability skills such as professionalism in the workplace to help them secure their next role. Learning takes place within the context of a ‘real life’ project that has a positive social impact, as the JDPs work alongside artists, technologists and the local community to address issues such as social isolation and access to affordable healthy food.

Throughout the programme, the JDPs have the chance to network with businesses and potential employers and this approach has benefits for all parties: JDPs experience a range of working environments, businesses are introduced to potential employees and everyone explores new opportunities for training, product development and innovation. Since leaving the programme, 88% of JDPs have found sustainable paid employment or become successfully self-employed.
 

Become part of it

 
The future of this proven and successful employment model depends on the support of outside organisations and funders. There are a number of ways you can support the programme and we have outlined the benefits you would receive alongside each opportunity:

Up to £100

  • A ‘thank you’ acknowledgment on our website
  • A bespoke certificate that demonstrates your company’s support for diversity within the creative industries, that you can proudly display on your wall

Upwards of £100

  • Two places on a Diversity and Inclusion training session for companies looking to diversify their workforce and industry
  • A ‘thank you’ acknowledgment on our website
  • A bespoke certificate that demonstrates your company’s support for diversity within the creative industries, that you can proudly display on your wall
  • A VIP invitation to the Room Full of Talent networking event: early entry to the event – including a glass of champagne – and a chance to meet the JDPs and network with them and with others in the creative and tech industries

Upwards of £500

  • A consultation session with the JDPs that is tailored to your organisation’s needs. The JDPs are experienced in engaging new audiences using creative methods and ‘out of the box’ thinking – you could set them a challenge to expose your work to a wider or younger audience
  • Two places on a Diversity and Inclusion training session for companies looking to diversify their workforce and industry
  • A ‘thank you’ acknowledgment on our website
  • A bespoke certificate that demonstrates your company’s support for diversity within the creative industries, that you can proudly display on your wall
  • A VIP invitation to the Room Full of Talent networking event: early entry to the event – including a glass of champagne – and a chance to meet the JDPs and network with them and with others in the creative and tech industries

Upwards of £1,000

  • Two bespoke consultation sessions with the JDPs
  • A bespoke Diversity and Inclusion training session for your organization
  • A ‘thank you’ acknowledgment on our website, featuring your logo and a link to your website
  • A bespoke certificate that demonstrates your company’s support for diversity within the creative industries, that you can proudly display on your wall
  • A VIP invitation to the Room Full of Talent networking event: early entry to the event – including a glass of champagne – and a chance to meet the JDPs and network with them and with others in the creative and tech industries

If you are interested in supporting the Junior Digital Producer Programme financially, or you can support in other ways such as providing access to equipment, facilities, industry knowledge or inspirational speakers, please contact the KWMC on 0117 903 0444 and they will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

If you have any networking events that the KWMC could participate in, they would be very grateful for the opportunity to come along and share the JDP programme.

More details about the three groups of JDPs we have supported can be found at http://kwmc.org.uk/projects/jdpprogramme/

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