Radio 1Xtra DJ Charlie Sloth has welcomed sixth form students from the two London boroughs of Westminster and Hammersmith & Fulham to take part in a work experience scheme that sees students gain hands-on experience from top BBC talent.
Sixteen sixth form students from the two boroughs have taken part in a scheme, organised by BBC Outreach, which saw the students undertaking placements in a number of different departments including Radio 1 & 1Xtra, Television, Future Media and Outreach. Says Aaraa, who spent two weeks working in Radio 1&1Xtra:
“Music has always been a huge part of me, so being able to spend the last two weeks working with and learning from people who all have the same passion has been an incredible opportunity,” says Aaraa. “Radio 1Xtra was a big part of my life growing up; my aunts would always have Trevor Nelson on in their households so my passion really was passed on from generation to generation.
“I spent the first week of the placement working in Trevor Nelson’s team, and the second working with Charlie Sloth, so I had a fantastic experience working with both a BBC legend and some of the station’s newest talent! I’ve been taking calls for Charlie, getting callers on the air, creating content; I wouldn’t call this work experience, it feels like I’ve been genuinely part of the team.”
Aaraa continues: “One of the best parts of the experience has actually been putting shows together – interviewing people, editing content and even hearing some of the things I’ve produced go out on air, it’s given me confidence that I’m actually good at the thing I really love doing.
“It’s been a fantastic two weeks here on work experience but I want to make sure I take away everything I can from it for the future; I’ve been talking to as many people as I can, doing as much as possible and I feel like I really know now how I could have a career at the BBC doing what I love. I’ve absorbed every bit of information, I feel like any door would be open to me - as long as I worked hard enough!”
Radio 1Xtra DJ Charlie Sloth said: “I think it’s amazing that Radio 1 and 1Xtra offer a platform for young people to get experience in the world of radio. It’s very hard to get into the industry, but with opportunities like this it opens doors, that otherwise would be very hard to open.”
Diane Reid, Head of BBC Outreach, said: “The BBC has 10,000 staff members in London, based across two boroughs – Hammersmith & Fulham and Westminster. We seek to foster a close relationship with the communities in these boroughs in order to give them as great an insight as possible into their local employer, as well as hoping to inspire the next generation of local talent to explore a career with the BBC.”