Con­struc­tion starts at new me­dia col­lege

Broad­cast and dig­i­tal in­dus­try to ben­e­fit from acad­emy

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Amita Joshi amita.joshi@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

CON­STRUC­TION has be­gun in Hayes on the site of the Old Vinyl Fac­tory for a new me­dia col­lege which is due to open in Septem­ber 2016.

Me­dia and en­ter­tain­ment group Global an­nounced that its univer­sity tech­ni­cal col­lege will house 800 stu­dents look­ing to work in the broad­cast and dig­i­tal me­dia in­dus­try.

Ash­ley Ta­bor, Global’s founder and ex­ec­u­tive pres­i­dent, who came up with the idea of the acad­emy, said: “There is a real short­age of young peo­ple com­ing out of school with the skills needed to work in the broad­cast and dig­i­tal me­dia in­dus­tries.

“The Global Acad­emy will give our stu­dents the prac­ti­cal skills they need to hit the ground run­ning, as well as teach­ing them core sub­jects in a prac­ti­cal way.”

Aca­demic

and vo­ca­tional train­ing will come to­gether for 14 to 18 year-olds who will sit GCSEs and A lev­els, as well as train to get the dig­i­tal skills needed to work in the in­dus­try.

Cour­ses, which are ac­cred­ited by the col­lege’s part­ner Univer­sity of Arts Lon­don (UAL), will in­clude ra­dio and TV pro­duc­tion broad­cast engi­neer­ing, app and web de­vel­op­ment, script writ­ing and jour­nal­is­tic choices.

Coun­cil­lor David Sim­monds, deputy leader and cab­i­net mem­ber for ed­u­ca­tion and chil­dren’s ser­vices, said: “This col­lege will be trans­for­ma­tive in a rapidly de­vel­op­ing area for young peo­ple with a me­dia fo­cus in Hayes.

“The coun­cil is de­lighted that both stu­dents and teach­ers can

other bring a new el­e­ment of ed­u­ca­tion and en­trepreneur­ship to the bor­ough.”

Plans for the acad­emy in­clude ex­ten­sive record­ing and film­ing stu­dio space, a the­atre and a four-storey atrium.

Stu­dents will be taught a main­stream key stage four and key stage five curriculum to­gether with diplo­mas in broad­cast and dig­i­tal me­dia.

Open days are al­ready open for reg­is­tra­tion when the prin­ci­pal will be avail­able to speak to prospec­tive stu­dents.

Mr Ta­bor said: “We want to give young peo­ple from di­verse back­grounds the op­por­tu­nity to get a foot on the lad­der in the me­dia in­dus­try and con­nect the dots be­tween their core GCSEs and A-lev­els, and prac­ti­cal life skills needed in the real world.” HILLING­DON head teach­ers have at­tended a re­cep­tion at Brunel to cel­e­brate the univer­sity’s suc­cess at teacher train­ing.

Brunel Univer­sity’s ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment has been graded ‘out­stand­ing’ by gov­ern­ment in­spec­tors in ev­ery as­pect of its train­ing of teach­ers in part­ner­ship with a wide range of lo­cal schools.

The part­ner­ship in­volves al­most 300 schools in Hilling­don and west Lon­don, in­clud­ing those deemed to have ‘chal­leng­ing cir­cum­stances’.

Many trainee teach­ers go on to find jobs in schools in the area.

Depart­ment head, Pro­fes­sor Viv El­lis, said: “Re­ceiv­ing an out­stand­ing judge­ment from Of­sted for all as­pects of both pri­mary and sec­ondary teacher ed­u­ca­tion pro­vi­sion at Brunel is fan­tas­tic news and very rare in the sec­tor.”

Of­sted in­spec­tors stated that the part­ner­ship be­tween Uxbridge-based Brunel and the schools was ‘ex­cep­tion­ally strong be­cause all in­volved are work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tively to im­prove pupil and stu­dent out­comes’.

n ‘OUT­STAND­ING’: from Brunel

Deputy mayor John Hens­ley with Cathy Gower and Pro­fes­sor Zahir Irani

n ‘TRANS­FOR­MA­TIVE’: An artist’s im­pres­sion of the Global Acad­emy

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