Radio Platfform is Wales Millennium Centre’s flagship creative education programme. Comprising of a youth-led digital radio station and a six-week accredited training course in broadcasting, it provides skills for life, skills for work and a chance for young people to have a voice.
Since October, Radio Platfform has benefitted from seven part time, paid interns to really commit to running the station and receive recognition for their contribution. The Welsh Broadcasting Trust’s generous support has made a real difference in getting these Internships off the ground.
Ben and Daniel both now work 20 hours each week to manage the day to day running of the station and provide guidance and support for new participants.
Ben Clark’s story:
Six months after graduating from Cardiff University, I joined Radio Platfform as a volunteer. At the time I was working in retail, having had no luck finding a job in an area I wanted to pursue as a career. Searching the Wales Millennium Centre’s Jobs Board page, I stumbled across an advert for Radio Platfform – a free scheme offering young people the opportunity to learn all aspects of radio production. As someone who desperately wanted experience in the arts and media industries, this course seemed specifically suited towards me. I ended up volunteering with Radio Platfform, participating in countless projects and events with the station, and in October of last year I landed the first job that has made me feel like I’m making progress towards my career ambitions.
Daniel Edwards’ story:
I have been in this role now for about four months and it has been a most enjoyable experience and a huge learning curve for me. The job is very rewarding as it requires me to interact with the many young people who come into the station and who record their shows. It gives me great pride to encourage and advise them in their creative decisions as well as providing a safety net should they need any help with the station equipment..