Radio freelancers will for the first time be eligible for up to £1,500 worth of funding for training from the BBC and Creative Skillset.
Experienced freelancers will be able to use the funds to pay for 80% of their training costs (up to the £1,500 maximum) for courses in areas that have been identified by a panel as priorities for the industry.
Funding is available for courses that cover craft & technical skills including editing, social media, multiplatform content development and distribution and sound engineering, or business, teamwork and management skills.
Creative Skillset’s Chief Executive, Dinah Caine, said: “Digital technology has transformed our radio industry, so we are really pleased to be able to help our radio freelancers access the training they need to help the UK remain the world’s foremost producer of compelling radio programming.”
Director of the BBC Academy, Anne Morrison, said: “Thanks to a growing radio freelance market and BBC Audio & Music further opening up production to the independent sector, it is more important than ever that UK radio freelancers remain highly skilled. This funding will help future-proof our radio talent and ensure that the industry as a whole goes from strength to strength.”
For more information, or to apply for funding, see creativeskillset.org/freemoney.