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ITV Studio – Insight into Media

Building upon BMCS’ continuing relationship with ITV West Country, BMCS arranged for pupils from Andalusia Academy to experience a morning behind the scenes in the newsroom. They were able to witness first hand how the lunchtime news was put together from start to finish as well see the final product delivered live in the studios in the main control room. It gave the pupils an insight into the procedures of the newsroom and they also enjoyed a Q & A session with some of the newsreaders and reporters.

This offered valuable advice and insight for anyone interested in pursuing a career in the media. The pupils also had the opportunity to read the weather using the full range of special effects and the autocue. The pupils were given a DVD of their experience to take home.

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Student Cross Cultural Exchange

BMCS worked in conjunction with Young Bridge Builders 2010 and organised a cross-cultural exchange meeting between young Muslims living in Bristol and visiting Muslim students from Jordan. They both received a presentation on the history of Islam in the UK. This allowed all members of the audience to learn that the history of Islam in the United Kingdom went back further than they thought and that Islam and Islamic culture was not alien to the British Isles.

This was then followed by an open dialogue in which, they exchanged experiences and stories about life as young people in their respective countries. They learnt that despite living in different parts of the world they shared the same thoughts, hopes, dreams and aspirations for life in general.

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Mentoring and work experience

BMCS has continued its proud history of being an organisation with an open door policy for any individual who would like to gain invaluable work experience working for a credible charity. Our focus is on developing participants by offering hands-on work experience in the office and real engagement within our projects. A core project that attracts over 40 volunteers every year is our Annual Cultural Fayre. Volunteers who partake in this project learn new skills in how to organise events whilst developing their social , teamwork and communication skills, as well as building confidence by interacting with members of the public and other volunteers.

BMCS is also active in building positive relationships with schools and as a result has been a key choice by a number of students in expressing a desire to undertake work experience within our organisation. We aim to treat all individuals with the same respect we treat our paid employees and look to integrate students so they feel welcome and part of a team regardless of the number of days or weeks they decide to stay with us.

Our staff have also proactively worked with our local job centre, through Future Jobs Fund, a £1billion scheme to help young people back in to work in unemployment hot spots. As a result, we have employed one participant to help with both the after school club and social development through sport projects.

BMCS also offers career and CV writing advice using our network of professional members and in house expertise, which also includes group and one-to-one mentoring. As a result of our career and one-to-one mentoring, a young person achieved a top 30 place out of 200 candidates in a recent recruitment process for a multi billion pound global communication company.

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