Takeover Radio receives cash boost from European Social Fund

Just some of the new presenters at Takeover Radio at the Sutton Centre
Just some of the new presenters at Takeover Radio at the Sutton Centre

A COMMUNITY radio station in Sutton has received a grant from the European Union to help provide work experience opportunities to job seekers.

Takeover Radio, which is based at Sutton Community Academy, has recently secured funding from the European Social Fund to extend a work experience programme until September.

Almost 30 people have so far taken part in the scheme which was previously funded by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.

Station manager James Finlayson said: “It’s good news. We’ve got the funds to carry on for a bit longer and I am working at extending it beyond September.”

The previous work experience programme was open to people aged between 18 and 25-years-old - but the new one will be open to anyone who is over 18 or over.

“We have had 26 and 27-year-olds who are interested,” says James.

“This opens it up to a wider amount of people from the Ashfield area.”

The scheme has already helped people from the district to gain employment and James hopes that around 10 more people will take part in the programme.

“The thing that people gain is confidence,” he says.

“People will come in and they are quite shy - but after a few times being in the radio studio, they are taking over the controls and talking live on air.

“One person who was with us for a couple of months went on to get a sales job.”

He added that experience with Takeover also gives people something to talk about in job interviews.

Details of the scheme will be available on the Takeover website later this week via www.takeover106.co.uk or www.facebook.com/takeover106.9. Alternatively call Mansfield 555393 or email takeover106.9@gmail.com. People are also urged to their advisor at the Job Centre about the opportunity.