Course Overview

‘A Foot In: To Radio’ is a unique hands on pathway for learners to start a career in the Radio and Media industry. The programme will provide an insight into the various possible career paths in the industry whilst improving participant’s technical, social, and interpersonal skills.

Each session will focus on improving your confidence and self-esteem, literacy and digital confidence, and presentation skills through real life practical experiences and

The project will be delivered in 6 core modules for 16 weeks, with each session running for up to 4 hours, with additional tasks to be carried out independently online and at the studio as a volunteer.


Getting Technical

This will cover various technical aspects of radio including audio equipment, computer, software, licensing, ethics, code of conduct, Playout One system, etc.

Introduction to Radio Production

This will cover radio production, producing a radio show, music editing, postproduction, station management, broadcasting, outdoor broadcasts and more.

Introduction to Radio Presenting

This will focus on developing participants presentation skills, developing good radio habits, interview skills, research skills, teamwork skills, understanding a station’s brand, developing audiences and more.

Understanding Marketing and Social Media

This will look into what marketing is, how to market and promote effectively, understanding social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter), the advantages and disadvantages of each platform, setting up a professional account, how to communicate your brand effectively and staying safe online.

Introduction to Podcasting

This will focus on improving your understanding of what a podcast is, the benefits, potential impact on your business and brand, growing trends, what equipment and software you’ll need, structuring a podcast, recording techniques, post-production and more.

Employability Skills Development

This will focus on offering technical and practical skills that will get you ready for work. Activities include self-management; team working; business and enterprise; customer awareness; problem-solving; communication; working with numbers; IT in the workplace; applying for a job; exploring job opportunities; rights and responsibilities at work; and health and safety in the workplace. Working with our local partners you will be offering volunteering and placement opportunities within the industry.

Qualifications / Accreditations

There are no exams, all assessment is through practical project work. You will work to create your own radio show, podcast and social media, as well as collaborating with others. All learners will receive a Pie Radio Training certificate, ASDAN Employability Skills Development certificate, and digital badges ‘Internet & Web, Digital Ethics, Teamwork, Social media ethics and Personal State’.

Programme Date

The programme will run from

  • Monday 13th July to Friday 30th October 2020, 12 pm to 4 pm weekly (Completed)
  • Monday 2nd November – Monday 22nd February 2021, 12 pm to 4 pm weekly (Completed)
  • Monday 5th July – Monday 22nd November 2021, 12 pm to 4 pm weekly (Completed)
  • Monday 6th September – Monday 20th December 2021, 12 pm to 4 pm weekly (Recruiting Now)


To take part in the project, the learner must be unemployed, over the age of 16, actively seeking employment and available to work.

Why come to Pie Radio

Pie Radio is Manchester’s number 1 youth-led radio station and media platform. We pride ourselves in having a great understanding of the youth culture. Our team is made up of young creatives and leaders with similar backgrounds.

How To Apply

Kindly complete the eligibility questionnaire form below and someone from our team will contact you if your application is successful.

Contact Us

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