School of Arts and Media to partner with MediaCityUK on Skills Swap Shop

Categories: School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology

The School of Arts and Media is delighted to partner with MediaCityUK on Skills Swap Shop, a pilot scheme aiming to utilise the wealth of skills and talent we have amongst our community, by inviting people to volunteer to offer their experience in exchange for the opportunity to learn something new.

MediaCityUK is home to a diverse mix of organisations and businesses, from the world’s biggest broadcasters (BBC and ITV) to innovative Indies and SMEs, and the next generation of emerging talent and creativity forged from the University of Salford.

COVID- 19 is having a big impact on large parts of our community and Skills Swap Shop is a fantastic opportunity to learn something new and give something back.

MediaCityUK has a community of technical whizzes, from impressive editors, visionary game designers to virtual reality pioneers and AI innovators. You’ll also find experienced communications and social media savvy marketing professionals, experienced at building brands, writing compelling copy and managing influencers. University of Salford students have developed experienced, current and fresh skills bases and knowledge. They are up to date with all the latest upcoming trends, and can give excellent insights into TV, gaming and marketing.

Beth Hewitt, Creative Director, Media City Directorate, said: “Skills Swap Shop is a great example of how MediaCityUK stakeholders are coming together to support communities by providing a platform for emerging talent to engage with industry and vice versa, enabling people to share their range of digital and creative skills with others. 

“The University of Salford is supporting and encouraging our soon-to-be graduates to realise their full potential by continuing to develop these industry connections within MediaCityUK and Skills Swap Shop offers fantastic opportunities for them.”

Nancy Porter, Creative Opportunities Coordinator in the School of Arts and Media, added: “Developing the Skills Swap initiative with MediaCityUK has meant that students and industry can continue to collaborate and support one another. It enables students to continue to build connections and networks whilst industry can still access emerging talent. Our students are always enthusiastic when it comes to engaging with industry and this new way of introducing them to what MediaCityUK has to offer will enable them to adapt to a new way of working.”

Josie Cahill, Place Director of MediaCityUK, said: “Under the current circumstances, what remains vital is community support, projects and collaboration. MediaCityUK is more than the sum of its parts and that’s why, along with the University of Salford, we’ve put our heads together with many of our key partners to come up with the Skills Swap Shop in the hope it will genuinely benefit people through this period – whether you are keen to learn something new, give something back, or both.

“Clearly many organisations at MediaCityUK have their own skills initiatives, but this is about coming together as a community to deliver something truly in partnership. And I hope its legacy continues long beyond this period.”

Participants can offer as much, or little time and as many skills as you like. After we match you, it is left to you and we won’t be checking up on progress, it is completely up you and the person you are swapping skills with to decide if you want to keep sharing skills or if one chat was sufficient.

In order to register your interest, please click here to complete an online form and we will then be in touch to match you up with the best people to develop your skillset and skills needs.

This opportunity is open to all MediaCityUK colleagues, students and graduates.

For any further questions please email hello@mediacityuk.co.uk with the subject ‘Skills Swap Shop’.

For all press office enquiries please email communications@salford.ac.uk or phone 0161 295 2238.