Two young people from Bristol get paid work experience as they compete to put on ground-breaking event

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By BeckyBushell | Friday, July 06, 2012, 11:50

Two young people from Bristol get paid work experience as they compete to put on ground-breaking event

  • Accredited work experience in nationwide competition with the best going forward to run Virgin Media Pioneers' The Project


Two young people from Bristol have won paid work experience in the entertainment and creative industries, with the prospect of going on to manage a spectacular one-off event in London in September.

Virgin Media Pioneers – the online community for aspiring entrepreneurs founded by Virgin Media – has launched a nationwide competition funded by Virgin Unite for 100 young people to gain invaluable experience in the creative industries.

These Bristol winners are taking part in a seven day programme of paid training at Immediate Media Co and will each gain an Open College Network (OCN) qualification in Enterprise.

During this time they will also be competing against each other and others across the country to be recognised and chosen to be part of a final ten who will be tasked with planning and staging the final of The Project – a festival at London's Royal Opera House – in less than three months time. This final ten will be ultimately responsible for every decision leading to the final spectacular in September.

With nearly one in four young people in the UK currently unemployed and university applications having fallen 12%, this is an unrivalled opportunity for paid work within the creative industries this summer.

Darnell White-Taylor from Bristol has just completed his work placement at magazine house Immediate Media where he spent time in every department learning about the business and this week Nassaser Gordan starts his work placement.

Darnell aged 22, said: "It was a great week that covered lots of diverse activity, understanding how all parts of the business connect together and I was particularly interested in the Sales department. It was really fascinating to see the approach they take to selling advertising, both in the printed magazines and online. It is definitely an area I would like to work in."

Andy Marshall, Group Managing Director of Immediate Media Company, Bristol, said: "I am delighted that Immediate Media Co is involved in this innovative scheme, and we have thoroughly enjoyed working with these talented and enthusiastic young people. Darnell and Nassaser will have spent time with teams from right across our business, from editors, publishers and advertising sales executives, to our busy digital and production teams. I hope that their time at Immediate Media Co has given them an insight into the exciting and fast-paced world of magazine publishing, and we wish them all the very best for the future." 

Neil Berkett, chief executive officer of Virgin Media, said; "This will be a life-changing experience that will showcase British potential, ambition and ingenuity, providing the young people with skills that will serve them well either in the work place or as business creators of tomorrow."

Sir Richard Branson, Pioneer-at-Large, said: "The entrepreneurs of today will be the job creators of tomorrow. The UK is full of gifted and enterprising people so we must help encourage them to fulfil their potential and prevent a lost generation of talent."

Jean Oelwang, CEO Virgin Unite, said: "It is so exciting for Virgin Unite to be working in close partnership with Virgin Media on The Project. Together, we are committed to standing for young people across the UK, and what better way to demonstrate this than by creating unique opportunities that will enable them to enjoy bigger futures."



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