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Pathway to Employment

Sound Academy offers customised learning for all ages and abilities in a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment. Pathway to Employment has a focus on employability but is open to everyone looking to develop their skills. We welcome professionals looking to broaden their experience and skills, first-time job seekers, and everyone in between. Focusing on employability, we use a mix of workshops, mentoring, traineeships and work placements to hone interview skills, CV crafting, proficiency with LinkedIn and confidence in the workplace.

Our mentoring services link the career aspirational to industry professionals to forge supportive relationships that help mentees fulfil their potential. Typically, this involves a weekly meeting, either remote or in-person, to advise and monitor progress towards achieving career goals. Mentoring for many different career paths is possible, including finance, business, marketing and media.

We also offer work placements for 16-19-year-olds without a progression plan, who need to be in some sort of training or education. We provide practical experience in a workplace in a safe, supported and structured environment. We focus on getting trainees work-ready and then identifying possible next steps, which could include apprenticeship, employment or further education.

Pathway to Employment also includes work placements open to all age groups and customised to need. Our work placements are not restricted to those in education - we empower those seeking new experiences or breaking into new industries as well as formal work placements for school, further education or university students. On request, we partner directly with schools, colleges and universities to offer work placements in journalism, media, business and marketing. An example is our supported work placements for Fosse-Way School (Specialist Autism Support Services), where four students over 16 participate in training within a live studio environment.

Our inclusive approach to career guidance can be particularly beneficial for those with mental health challenges such as anxiety or low self-esteem.

Work Experience

Pathway to Employment, Work Experience Summer 2022 : "Radio, rogue trolleys and the perfect cuppa"

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Case Studies

What have I learnt? I’ve learnt to be less grumpy and more confident. I’m confident talking on the radio and to the camera and having my photograph taken. When I first came to Sound Vision, I didn’t want to do this. Now, they can’t get rid of me.

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  1. Case studies

    Emilia Pyka's Story

    Emilia participated in the Sound Academy, After School Training at Riverside Radio and achieved an NCFE Level 1 Award in Radio Production.

  2. Case studies

    Evie's Story

    Evie joined Sound Music's Street to Studio as a naturally talented singer. She had low confidence and wanted to use music as a platform to build her self-esteem. 

  3. Case studies

    GN's Story

    Year 9 student GN was facing mental health challenges. She attended Sound Academy's Alternative Provision, where she gained an Arts Award and significantly developed her self-esteem.

  4. Case studies

    Mark's Story

    Mark attends Fosse Way School as a Post-16 student. He is part of Pathway to Employment, where he quickly developed confidence, experienced an uplift in mood and built skills valuable for future employment. 

  5. Case studies

    Stuart's Story

    After a fruitful career in photography Stuart, now in his 60s, joined Sound Academy’s Adult Training reigniting his personal creativity and enthusiasm to learn.

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