On the 30th November 2011 Sky formed a partnership with MAMA Youth Project to help increase diversity within the TV industry. In November 2013 MYP featured as a partner of Sky Academy. The joint project has seen Sky sponsor 24 people aged 18-25 from under-represented backgrounds to undergo hands on training and real-world experience. At the end of the training Sky also provide 12 trainees a 6 weeks paid placement within Sky’s various departments.
In April 2013 the BBC came on board and became one of our main supporters, beginning an exciting new partnership that MYP hopes will be long lasting and continue to open employment doors for many young people who come through our scheme. Once a year the BBC is sponsoring 24 young people from under-represented backgrounds to train in TV production, also offering MYP trainees a four weeks placement at the end of the training.
Procam, the UK’s largest broadcast hire facility, has donated £100,000 worth of HD equipment to the MAMA Youth Project. This means the young people will gain hands on experience of a range of broadcast technology to further their route to employment in the industry.
Procam’s investment has provided the charity with HD cameras, lighting and sound equipment. The technology is key to providing under-privileged young people with a practical understanding of industry standard equipment and will give them a better chance of gaining employment in a competitive industry. Procam also delivers specialised training to MAMA Youth Project’s camera and sound trainees, as well as offering them a 13 weeks paid placement if they successfully complete the scheme.
Endemol Shine Group, Hat Trick Productions and Fremantle Media all sponsor MYP trainees to train in TV production. The Indies also offer trainees work placements within their company once trainees have completed the scheme, coupled with one to one mentoring by their professionals.
MYP has a contract with the Department of Working Pensions, which means unemployed young people in receipt on benefits can continue to receive support during their training with MAMA Youth Project. In most cases the DWP will also pay for trainees’ transport to and from the training. It has been an outstanding partnership that has allowed many young people the opportunity to train when they wouldn’t have had the financial means to do so otherwise.