Martina Salveta works as Project Coordinator for #MissionAmbition, a multi-media training programme by Bauer Academy that provides young people in Dundee with a unique learning experience. This ten-week training programme takes place every Saturday at the Academy’s facilities at Dundee’s local radio station Tay FM, which provides an exciting and engaging learning environment.
The course helps people to develop key transferable media skills, but also focuses on developing leadership and entrepreneurialism in young people. Training covers radio, television, text and photography and is delivered by some of the country’s leading academics and award winning producers, presenters and journalists.
Martina’s role, as a Time to Shine intern, has been to co-ordinate media training classes, support the delivery team, take care of administration, and to work with participants to develop multimedia content that reflects other Rank-funded activities in Dundee.
Bauer Academy is part of the Dundee Community Development Programme, through which the Rank Foundation funds 21 projects across a diverse range of community organisations with a total budget of around £2 million. This is a place-based programme designed to create positive change through strengthening resilience and promoting collaboration, underpinned by a spirit of leadership, enterprise and care.
The Project Co-ordinator role for Bauer was seen as way of ensuring the new project in Dundee reached its full potential, and to provide an opportunity for a young person to develop employability and leadership skills, whilst being well supported inside a leading UK creative company.
Michelle Hunter, Martina’s manager, was impressed from the start:
“Martina has exceeded all expectations and I attribute the level of success of our first year of our #MissionAmbition to the work she has put into it. She has been dedicated and gone over and above her required duties.”
In September, at the Rank conference, Martina took part in a showcase presentation by the interns to share their experiences of the year. As well as presenting, as part of a Graham Norton style game show, she used her media skills to help with sound and lighting. After the event, in a blog entitled ‘Happiness is celebrating a year of hard work’, she reported enthusiastically about the event and what she is taking from the internship experience:
“I am not exaggerating when I say this has been one of the best years of my life and I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I have learned so much on each of these conferences and made great contacts all over the UK with all the other interns and their line managers.”
As the internship is drawing to a close, Bauer Academy have confirmed they are keeping Martina on as project co-ordinator. Martina will continue to work on #MissionAmbition as well as expanding her role to oversee other project the Academy has running across Scotland. Martina has expressed interest in project management and is being supported in her development towards this, alongside her continuing media skills development.
Through Martina’s Time to Shine role, the Academy has established a strong training programme in Dundee. The Academy now has stronger connections to the other organisations which make up the Dundee Community Development Programme, has forged new relationships with youth groups and young people in the city and has been able to ensure that the second year of the project builds on successful foundations.