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The Global Academy will offer practical training in the broadcast and digital media industries alongside GCSEs and A-Levels to 800 students.
Global, the media and entertainment group which owns Classic FM, Heart, Capital and other radio stations, has announced that construction has started on its university technical college (UTC). The Global Academy will open in September 2016.
The Global Academy will provide academic and vocational training for 800 students who want to work in the broadcast and digital media industry.
Opening in September 2016, the Global Academy will be on the site of the Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes in the London borough of Hillingdon. It will house extensive recording and filming studio space, a theatre and a four-storey atrium.
Students will be taught a mainstream key stage 4 and key stage 5 curriculum together with diplomas in broadcast and digital media. These will be awarded by the Global Academy’s university partner, University of the Arts London (UAL), through its Ofqual-approved awarding organisation, UAL Awarding Body.
With funding from the Department for Education, 50 per cent of places will be open to students who live in the local catchment area (a five mile radius) with the remaining 50 per cent open to students from across the UK.
The curriculum will get a practical makeover ensuring the 14-18 year olds are not only prepared for their GCSEs and A-Levels but also for a career in the fast-growing broadcast and digital media industries.
Ashley Tabor, Global’s founder and executive president, came up with the idea of the Global Academy. He 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.
"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."