For the 4th year, the Royal Television Society Midlands Centre is offering education workshops to secondary schools in the Midlands to give students in Years 8 and 9 an insight to the television / visual media industries, the broad range of career options within this sector and the appropriate routes to take to follow a career path into it.
This 4 hour workshop will provide an excellent platform for young people to learn about the wide variety of jobs involved in TV; not only the roles they would expect like presenters, writers, producers, directors, actors and camera operatives but also accountants, engineers, technicians, HR specialists, facilities managers, receptionists, sales and marketing people, solicitors, administrators…the list is endless.
By looking at the transferable skills for these roles students will gain knowledge in order for them to make informed decisions about their career choices. We can also provide information about the routes to gaining their idea job – do they need a degree? a vocational qualification? practical experience?
During the second half of the session, students will work in teams of 6-8 to create a new TV programme. They will then make a 3 minute pitch for this and ‘sell’ it to a ‘commissioner’.
The teams will decide on programme names, logo, themes, genres and audience. Throughout the workshop students will be developing valuable skills such as confidence, teamwork, creativity, diplomacy, working to deadlines, communication, presentation and leadership.
At each workshop a guest speaker from the television industry will come along and talk to the students about their role and their career path, students will also have the opportunity to ask questions to the guest.
The winners from each school taking part will be invited to a Grand Final in the summer term where they will present their idea to a prestigious panel of expert judges. The prize for the winning team from the Grand Final will be a VIP Tour of BBC Birmingham.
The Royal Television Society Midlands Centre are offering 10 free workshops on a first come, first served basis to schools in the Midlands Region. The workshops will be held in March, April, May and June 2016.
To book, email your request to Jayne Greene, RTS Midlands Centre Administrator at RTSMidlands@rts.org.uk.