A new programme is offering 18 to 30-year-olds with limited access to educational and employment opportunities across Greater Manchester access to in-demand digital skills.

Applications are now open for the six-week award-winning digital media training programme for young people by Sky and MAMA Youth Project.

The programme will take place at the University Academy 92 in Old Trafford from July. Young people who may have limited educational or employment opportunities are welcome to apply to receive free training from a production company and learn vital skills needed for careers in the media industry.

Once the programme is completed, participants will be given benefits including six months professional talent manager support, industry professional mentoring and access to apply for jobs with industry partners such as Sky.

MAMA Youth Project’s unique training model provides practical hands-on experience in digital media content creation while working at Licklemor Productions.

Participants will finish the training with a working knowledge of the multi-disciplinary skills required for employment in the industry. In addition to digital skills needed for the production, participants will also gain CV tailoring skills, interview technique advice, career mentorship and peer networking opportunities.

Sky’s Group CEO, Dana Strong said: “Sky’s partnership with MAMA Youth is focused on unlocking opportunities for young people in Manchester. The digital media training programme helps young people to gain the vital skills required to get started and succeed in the media industry.

“I’m proud of our partnership with MAMA Youth and that Sky supports young people to fulfil their potential.”

The Alumni network includes Dominic O’Neill, now a Production Coordinator for Sky Original Productions and Sky Original Film. MAMA Youth’s training programme provided Dominic with the training and skills he needed to secure a career in the media industry, once he had finished the programme, he joined Sky.

MAMA Youth Project, CEO and founder, Bob Clarke said: “I am delighted that this much needed inspiring initiative has launched in Manchester, thanks to our partnership with Sky, whose support we are extremely grateful for. I encourage media companies across the Greater Manchester area to get in touch to discuss creating paid placements for young people who need the skills training and support to secure opportunities in the media industry.

“We have ambitions to launch this programme across the UK and Manchester is only the start.”

Applications close on May 30. To apply, please click here.