The Radio Independents Group, in association with Creative Skillset, last night unveiled its new RIGtrain scheme for independent radio production companies.
Around 800 learners are covered by the scheme, which will cover: specialist production courses; training trainers; leadership and business development; editorial values; introduction to independent production; and skills masterclasses.
The courses, to be run in various locations around England, are designed to build skills in UK radio and audio production by delivering training at affordable prices.
The total value of the scheme is £356,000 over an 18 month period. It is backed by independent production companies via the Radio Independents Group, with financial support from Creative Skillset as part of HM Government’s Employer Ownership Pilot.
RIGtrain is the first training scheme run by the independent radio production sector, which up to now has trained freelance staff on a case‐by‐case basis. David Prest, RIG Board member and MD of the award‐winning Whistledown Productions, will manage RIGtrain alongside Caroline Elliot of training and development partnership Quattrain. Quattrain will also deliver elements of the project.
David said: “Working with indies will allow trainees to experience content‐production for the BBC and commercial broadcasters, plus a whole range of other private and public sector clients, on projects which start with the audio but are increasingly multiplatform and multipurpose.
“The ultimate aim is to develop a training culture across the industry and ensure the UK has the radio and audio production base needed to sustain and grow the indie sector as it expands across platforms and internationally”.
Dinah Caine CBE, Chief Executive Officer of Creative Skillset, said: “We’re delighted to support this initiative from the independent radio sector, which has been thorough in identifying the training most needed.”
“These courses will help both new entrants and existing talent move forward with relevant skills to develop the next generation of leaders in radio and audio production.”