City & Guilds collaborate with the BBC to deliver ‘Team Challenge’ for learners

City & Guilds partnered with social enterprise company, MyKindaFuture and the BBC to deliver this year’s City & Guilds Team Challenge competition to colleges, training providers and their learners, culminating in a finale day at the BBC Academy in Birmingham on Friday 8th July.

18 July 2016

Teams of learners from colleges and training providers across the country submitted video entries and the two winning teams from Harrow College (Under 16’s winners) and The Manchester College (Over 16’S winners) were then invited to the BBC Mailbox, Birmingham to showcase their team’s pitch and receive expert feedback and advice as well as a tour of TV and radio production areas.

Team Challenge is an annual competition and a part of City & Guilds Workplace Skills programme; Workplace Skills is designed to prepare young people for the real work environment through employer interactions and practical learning experiences and is also an element of the City & Guilds Techbac programme.

Competition entrants were tasked with creating a ‘pitch’ for a new TV programme suitable to accompany the 2016 Rio Olympics and including the themes of health and wellbeing, social responsibility, equality and diversity, and sustainability. This was to include a 5-minute video pitch – explaining what their idea was and why it would make a great TV programme, as well as a 10-minute live presentation to accompany a PowerPoint presentation – of how team members worked together to create their pitch.

Learners from both colleges were commended on their competition entries, described as “outstanding short video pitches representing considerable team work in the generation of ideas” by Lorna Tyrtania, Digital Product Manager at City & Guilds. Video pitches included proposals for a prankster TV show and a mockumentary to be shown alongside the Olympics, together with details on branding, legacy and target audience.

Rachel Heyes of The Manchester College said of the experience, “Team Challenge has taught our learners a lot of different employability skills, including teamwork and communication, as well as commitment to attend regular project meetings. It has been brilliant for the team to be able to come to the BBC today and talk to experts in the industry about their work; employer engagement is key.”

“We were delighted to work with City & Guilds and MyKindaFuture to host the awards ceremony at the BBC Academy here in Birmingham and were very impressed by the creativity shown by learners at Harrow College and The Manchester College in developing their pitches. Competitions like Team Challenge are also a really good opportunity for us to find new and diverse talent,” said Simon Broad, Academy Head of Operations and Development at the BBC Academy.

The BBC Academy puts training and skills at the heart of the BBC and the industry to help meet the challenges of an ever-changing media world. The Academy focuses on providing a portfolio of high-quality training and development. MyKindaFuture works with over 4,500 schools and have established societies within over 50 university campuses. Trusted by students and educators alike, they have over 32 years’ experience working with young people and their influencers. 

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