Issue date: 15 March 2012
Talented young people from John Cabot Academy and City of Bristol College have had a fantastic opportunity to learn about production, presenting and film making through the Talent Ticket, an exciting partnership initiative between UWE Bristol and the BBC.
Over the past year the BBC and the University have supported talented individuals who have taken part in the Talent Ticket on a learning journey, from school age to highly skilled professional practice.
Talent Ticket will be celebrated at a special event at UWE Bristol's Glendinning Theatre, Frenchay Campus on Thursday 22 March at 17:30 and Pat Younge, Chief Creative Officer, BBC Vision Productions will present a keynote speech.
Beverley Green led the team involved with Talent Ticket at UWE Bristol, she said, “Talent Ticket has provided an exciting and structured programme of activities for learners in years 9 -13. Designed especially for pupils who want to study Media related courses at University or who wish to work in the Creative Industries, Talent Ticket includes work experience at the BBC combined with workshops and supported tasks led by BBC and UWE Bristol staff.
“Talks by BBC staff designed to inspire and to raise aspirations, tours of Broadcasting House in Bristol, seminars for learners choosing media related subjects at GSCE's by the BBC Talent Office, help with online applications for work experience at the BBC and mentoring opportunities are a few examples of the benefits of the Talent Ticket. The programme has been a great success and one that we hope to build on in the future.”
Sophie Duncombe, a Year 12 student from John Cabot Academy, said, “Talent Ticket has been inspirational, because of all the really nice people I have met throughout the journey and I've been amazed by the staff jobs at the BBC.”
Paul Gough, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, said, “Helping to nurture young people through the Talent Ticket to become the Media Professionals of the future is an exciting prospect. They have been given invaluable access to the BBC at a relatively young age and the insight they will gain is potentially life changing.”
Lucio Mesquita, Head of BBC West, said, “The BBC in Bristol is pleased to be building stronger relationships with schools and organisations working with young adults with an interest in the media. What makes Talent Ticket particularly exciting and different is that the programme works with young people in the early stages of education when important decisions about qualification choices are taken. Hopefully this will put many more Bristol students, with the expert knowledge of UWE Bristol, in a much stronger position to secure a role in the city's vibrant creative sector in the future.”
Pat Younge is responsible for BBC In-House production in Comedy, Drama, Entertainment, Factual, Multiplatform and some radio production across the UK.
Pat leads the largest team of content creators in the world, with around 3,000 staff and freelancers, delivering hit BBC shows such as Strictly Come Dancing, Top Gear, Springwatch, Luther, Antiques Roadshow, EastEnders, Dragons' Den, Watchdog and The One Show.