Molly Gets Broadcast Career on Track Thanks to UTC

While some new students worry about beginning a new course at university, Molly Keyworth arrived feeling confident of her creative ability and technical skills.

The 21-year-old, from Sheffield, is currently completing her final year of a BA Honours Degree in Television and Radio at the University of Salford in Manchester.

Molly is now making successful inroads into a broadcasting career, and says her previous schooling at UTC Sheffield – which is Ofsted graded ‘good’ – set her on the right track. She recently returned to the UTC to share advice and tips with current creative and digital media students last term.

Molly said: “It’s great to be able to return and share my experience with others. I loved my studies at UTC Sheffield. All the technical skills that I developed there have stood me in really good stead for university and for the broadcasting industry that I am breaking into.”

She added: “I’ve discovered a love for radio and really enjoy being based at Salford which is the northern base for the BBC. I enjoy generating ideas, meeting people and working to deadline. I’ve developed employability skills such as confidence, communication and learnt how to develop a thick skin and be resilient!

“At the UTC, we had client briefs set for us as part of the curriculum and got used to working with employers and to deadline, which has really prepared me for the world of work as well as university, especially during the first year where I realised that I had already covered skills new to others on the course.”

Molly has just started a part-time tutoring role teaching radio skills at the Bauer Academy, juggling that hands on experience of industry with her final year studies. The Academy provides multi media training at 22 sites across the UK to individuals, communities and businesses.

During her time at university, Molly has benefited from being selected for work experience with Talk Sport, which involved production on a three-hour live studio broadcast. She has also completed paid work in events, branding and marketing for Bauer’s regional radio stations Hallam FM in Sheffield, Radio Aire in Leeds and Key 103 in Manchester.

Molly was one of the first young people to join the UTC when it opened in 2013. She completed a Cambridge Technicals qualification in creative and digital media, equivalent to two A Levels, as well as an A Level in English Literature, and started her university course in 2015.

One of her curriculum projects at the UTC was to create an audio-visual promotion video for The Sherlocks as part of her technical qualification coursework set by Warp Films which attracted more than 50,000 views.

Victoria Allen, Curriculum Director for Creative and Digital Media, UTC Sheffield City Centre campus, said: “It’s fantastic to see the progress that one of our first alumni students is making and it’s equally inspirational for our current learners. We strive for technical excellence, and our students develop the skills that employers need along with the right attitude for the world of work.”

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