Breaking into a career in broadcasting is notoriously difficult but one innovative training opportunity breaks the mould.

The Creative Connections course, originally the brainchild of Bernie Grant MP and subsequently developed by The Bernie Grant Trust, The BBC and The College of North East London, aims to address an under-representation of minority ethnic people in mainstream media.

The course offers hands-on training in camera work, research skills, non-linear editing, video and radio production, TV and radio broadcasting, IT and personal development and runs for four days a week.

About to enter its third year, the next course starts on Monday 20th October 2003 for eight weeks and is followed up with a five week work placement within the media industry.

Successful past students of the course have gone on to permanent work within BBC London.

This year, Creative Connections is very proud to be in the finals of the prestigious National Training Awards taking place on Thursday 30 October 2003.

Interested applicants should be from an ethnic minority background, have a good command of English, live in selected parts of Haringey, Hackney, Waltham Forest or Enfield, be 18 years or more and should ideally have some experience in practical media production, although this is not essential. Applicants should also be extremely motivated and enjoy working in a team.

Spaces are limited, but for more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Nadine Afflick on 020 8442 3420 or Becky Clark on 020 8442 3461. All interviewees must bring a current CV.


1. This training course is offered under Section 37 of the Race Relations Act which supports positive action training where there is a proven under-representation of Black, Asian and minority ethnic people in employment, including technical and production areas of the media industry.

2. The National Training Awards (NTA) are the UK's premier accolade for organisations and individuals that have achieved lasting excellence through training. NTA winners are exemplars of training and development in the UK; they are committed to exceptional training

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