Global has announced that construction work has started on its university technical college, The Global Academy which will open in September 2016.
It will provide academic and vocational training for 800 students who want to work in the broadcast and digital media industry. They will learn the technical skills needed to prepare them for jobs in areas such as radio and TV production, broadcast engineering, app and web development, script writing, event management and broadcast journalism.
Global’s executive president, Ashley Tabor who came up with the idea said: “There is a real shortage of young people coming out of school with the skills needed to work in the broadcast and digital media industries. The Global Academy will give our students the practical skills they need to hit the ground running as well as teaching them core subjects in a practical way. We want to give young people from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to get a foot on the ladder in the media industry and connect the dots between their core GCSEs and A-Levels, and practical life skills needed in the real world.”
The Global Academy will be on the site of the Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes. It will house extensive recording and filming studio space, a theatre and a four-storey atrium. With funding from the Department for Education, 50 per cent of places will be open to students who live in the local catchment area (a five mile radius) with the remaining 50 per cent open to students from across the UK.