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Gaydio Academy

Welcome to the learning space at Gaydio.

We have a wide range of training courses available running throughout the year. You don’t need any previous experience... just get stuck in.

The Gaydio Academy is opening its doors for 2019/20 - find out how you can take part.

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The Courses

The Culture Project

  • OCT 10th

    Tuesdayss 5.30-7.30pm

    Location: Gaydio Manchester

    Occasional

     

Manchester is a city of rich heritage and want to hear all about it on the radio. Are you passionate about the arts? Our producers and facilitators will train you up to be a reporter, help you get in contact with the right people and set up interviews. You’ll write and edit your work and then we will put it on air. Our reporters have interviewed many people across Greater Manchester including writers, performers and even activists celebrating their work. This is an ongoing project.

Project Wellbeing

  • OCT 10th

    Thursdays 5.30-7.30pm

    Location: Gaydio Manchester

    8/9 weeks

    Supported by Bupa

A project for LGBT+ people who have experienced mental health issues and want to learn new skills. Relationships, family life and the workplace can be tough especially if you are struggling with your mental health. We have opened a safe space for LGBT+ people to come together, share their stories and make radio about mental health and wellbeing. This course is discussion lead and interactive, everyone is welcome.

Work Club

  • OCT 7th

    Monday 5-7pm

    Location: Gaydio Manchester

    6/8 weeks

     

Is a 6/8 week short term project for people age 19-30 who are looking to get back into employment. Through the Gaydio Academy and Barclays Eaglelabs you’ll refine your skill set and gain experience in radio to add to your CV. We will support you with job applications and work experience opportunities in all sectors as you report to your mentor on a weekly basis. This is a great opportunity to show potential employers you are willing to invest time into your future and get plenty of help along the way.

Gaydio Academy: 13 - 19

  • OCT 7th

    Monday 5-7pm

    Location: Gaydio Manchester

    20 weeks

    Supported by Barclays Eaglelabs

An exciting and inclusive learning space for young people age 13-19. The team behind the world’s biggest LGBT radio station are looking for new talent who want to learn all about radio. You’ll cover everything from presenting to running your own business. Through workshops, master classes and hands on experience you’ll work in the studios, the news room and even out on the streets during live broadcasts. Our most recent graduates have gained placements and employment at CBBC, BBC Radio Manchester and BBC 5Live.

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Testimonials

Here's what other people who have taken part in our courses had to say...

"I got involved just as I came out as trans and this helped me feel more connected to the LGBT+ community. Gaydio has a real family feel to it and I feel more confident in being authentic."
"I didn't think I wanted a career in media, I joined for a bit of fun and 3 years on I'm about to start an internship at TV company. I came out of my shell and made some amazing friends! "
"It has increased my confidence vastly. I feel I would never have progressed in my day job if it wasn’t for the skills and confidence the Gaydio Academy has given me."

Tutors

Emma Goswell - Projects Manager 

If Gaydio was a drag house, I'd like to think I was the mother. I’m certainly old enough! I’ve been in the radio industry since 2002 and at Gaydio from 2006, presenting both the breakfast show and now drive... I also present on BBC Radio Manchester and host my own podcast. My background is in broadcast journalism and I started off reading news bulletins on commercial radio before moving to the BBC to work as a journalist and producer. I've been lucky enough to interview / interrogate celebrities ranging from David Cameron to Little Mix. I’m passionate about LGBT rights and am proud to be a mentor for the Albert Kennedy Trust. I’ve been out as a lesbian since 1989 and recently threw a big 'gay icons' fancy dress 30th Gayniversary party. I went as one of my favourites – George Michael!

Dean McCullough - Academy Manager 

If you had told me when I was 17 that when I grow up I would travel the world and talk for anyone that would listen, my Mum would’ve said ‘I’ll pack his suitcase, can you take him now?’ and I would’ve said ‘can I sing a song for them too?’... I’ve spent my who life in front of people form performing for the Royal Family, representing the UK at World Expo to dancing on Britain’s Got Talent. I’ve presented for ITV, BBC Northern Ireland and Channel 4. It was whilst performing that I was given the opportunity to host a dance event. That’s when my love for presenting began and my life changed forever. I moved from London to Manchester and joined Gaydio. Since then I have interviewed some incredible people including Sir Ian McKellen, Stephen Fry, Jade from Little Mix and Peter Tatchell. The best piece of advice I was given, which I’m happy to share with you is - ‘be the change you want to see in the world’.

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