Student Hits the Airwaves during Work Experience Stint

An ambitious A Level student who completed a work experience placement at a local radio station is looking forward to pursuing a career within the media industry.

Stephen Greenhalgh, who is studying A Level Film Studies, Biology and History at Bury College, secured the week long placement at Bolton FM. This exciting opportunity provided Stephen with an insight into how a working radio station operates and an introduction to studio work.

17 year old Stephen from Little Lever in Bolton, who is a former The Derby High School pupil, undertook a range of responsibilities whilst at the radio station which in turn will add great value to his CV. Over the course of the week, Stephen was introduced to the studio and the different programmes, taught how to run the news desk and learnt the functionality of editing software.

In addition to this, Stephen was also given the opportunity to create a pre-recorded show which can be added to his portfolio of work.

Stephen, who is looking forward to progressing onto the University of Salford to study Film once he finishes at Bury College, said of the placement, “I really enjoyed my experience at Bolton FM, especially learning how to use different editing software. I would really like a career within the film industry so having my first experience working within a media setting and gaining industry knowledge has been great.”

James Pilkington, Station Producer and Volunteer Co-ordinator at Bolton FM, believes in the importance of work experience and further developing personal and professional skills. James said, “Work experience can be extremely valuable and Stephen has performed very well during his placement. Stephen will be leaving this placement with a pre-recorded show where he has built a show from scratch, chosen songs and created links. Furthermore Stephen has developed both his IT and communication skills.”

For more information about the wide range of A Level courses available at Bury College please here.

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