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Ant and Dec aim to help the media industry’s next generation

New scheme offers hands-on training and a better understanding of some of the behind-the-scenes roles in the industry

British TV duo Ant and Dec have partnered with The Prince’s Trust on a new initiative aimed at encouraging the next generation of behind-the-scenes talent into the media industry.

Ant & Dec’s Making it in Media is a free two-week course will launch in London this July, giving participants the opportunity to gain industry knowledge from a number of experts.

The course is aimed at anyone aged 16 to 25 who is not in work, education or training.

It aims to provide hands-on training, a better understanding of some of the behind-the-scenes roles in the industry, a chance to work as a team on a project related to TV production, and guidance on CV writing and interview techniques in a supportive environment.

After taking part in the course, participants will have the chance to meet potential news employers. Grants of up to £250 will also be available to help young people cover costs related to accessing work, such as childcare, travel or work-related equipment.

Commenting on the project, Ant McPartlin said: “Our Making it in Media course with The Prince’s Trust is a real passion project for us and something we’ve wanted to work on for a long time. There are so many roles in TV and media that young people may have never considered as a career. We want to help young people find out more about the industry.”

Declan Donnelly added: “Starting out in the world of work can be challenging at the best of times, but right now it is harder than ever for young people. We hope this course offers some inspiration, practical skills and experience that young people can take with them into the workplace. We’re incredibly proud to be partnering with The Prince’s Trust on this and we hope we can help make a difference to some young people’s lives.”

More details about the scheme are available at The Prince’s Trust website.