BBC launch nationwide competition at pioneering Birmingham college

Learners on a pioneering City & Guilds course helped the BBC to launch a national student team challenge across the UK.

16 October 2015 / Be the first to comment

The competition developed by City & Guilds, MyKindaFuture and the BBC challenges students on City & Guilds TechBac courses up and down the country to create a youth TV production company and develop a special show to accompany the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Chris Kirk, Director of Products and Services at City & Guilds UK, said: “We’re really excited to be working with MyKindaFuture and the BBC’s talent team on this year’s City & Guilds TechBac Team Challenge.

“The key purpose of the TechBac is to help young people into work and the team challenge is a fun but significant addition to the course, giving learners the chance to meet real employers and to develop vital workplace skills from teamwork through to time-management and communication. We know that these skills are vitally important in helping young people onto the first step of the career ladder with almost 80% of employers telling us in a recent survey that they think work experience is essential to ensuring young people are ready for work.”

National finalists to the team challenge will win an exclusive day at BBC’s offices in Birmingham where they will get to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges and have a tour of the building. The overall winners will also get a virtual one-to-one CV clinic with the BBC, giving them the real cutting edge in the jobs market.

William Akerman, Managing Director of MyKindaFuture, said: "We’re thrilled that the BBC is supporting our work in bridging the gap between young people and the world of work. The BBC run a great apprenticeship scheme that really connects with and inspires young people. We can't wait to see what ideas are uncovered during the competition."

Learners accepting the challenge will need to form teams of six classmates and work together to create a video which will promote the Olympics. Each college participating in the challenge will present all of their team’s entries to a nearby employer who will pick the best entry entering them for a national final, giving the college a great opportunity to engage with their local employers.

If you’re interested to find out more about the TechBac team challenge visit the City & Guilds TechBac web page.

View last year's TechBac team challenge highlights.

Learners on the City & Guilds TechBac at South and City College Birmingham are some of the first in the country to study this innovative 14-19 curriculum that will be available in subjects spanning 12 different industry areas from engineering through to digital from September 2016. To find out more visit the TechBac Industries page www.techbac.com/subjects.

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