A community radio station in Kettering has launched a training academy for young people to gain experience that could lead to a career in broadcasting.

Shire Sounds Training Academy will deliver the 12-week training program, giving students the opportunity to learn production and studio skills as well as vocal techniques.

The course is supervised and delivered by the radio station management team as well as an established radio host and vocal coach.

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A Shire Sounds spokesperson said: “The 12-week training program gives students the opportunity to learn skills such as preparing a show to industry standards, broadcast software and production, microphone techniques, news and interview techniques.

“At the end of the course, students will have the opportunity to complete 12 weeks on the air, under the supervision of the senior team and graduates. After completing the course, students will be rewarded with a graduation party to celebrate their work and time with Shire Sounds Radio.”

Students will complete a final major project where they will prepare and record their own radio show.

The training course is open to all young people aged 13-18 from Northamptonshire who want to work in the broadcasting industry, as well as young people looking for a new hobby or skill . The opportunity could also lead to a permanent position with Shire Sounds Radio.

Lorraine, a parent of an academy student, said: “My daughter started radio class tonight and hasn’t stopped talking about it since she got in the car.

“I think this is a great opportunity for Izzy to explore the world of radio in a fun environment. I can’t wait to hear her on the radio.”

Students will also be taught by Beccy Hurrell, professional voice coach and founder of Beccy Hurrell Voice & Arts Limited, to learn how to get the most out of their voice.

Justine, a 16-year-old student, adds: “I really enjoyed my first session at the Shire Sounds Academy. Everyone was incredibly kind and welcoming. I look forward to hearing more.”