Work experience: East London Radio
East London Radio is a not-for-profit radio station, that gives young people a pathway into radio through training and mentoring.
The station was formed from an idea between two friends, Aaron McCarter and Ian Chambers. Both have worked in the third sector radio industry and identified the need for real routes into radio for young people, recent graduates, the long term unemployed and those within deprived areas in East London, most notably Waltham Forest, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Newham.
With radio studios scattered all around the four boroughs and support from radio industry professionals and local MPs, East London Radio is set to be the most diverse and inclusive radio station covering an area of 3.3 million people.
In East London there is no community based radio station that is fully inclusive of everyone, we believe that having a radio created by everyone for everyone helps us to better appreciate and welcome the diversity within our community.
East London Radio provides training in a variety of ways and actively encourages more experienced volunteers to mentor those with less experience. Volunteers have the opportunity to learn about; presenting, research, production, office administration, social media, audio editing and much more.
Young people who have benefited from radio training provided from Aaron and Ian have since worked in a variety of roles at Absolute Radio, Global Radio, Bauer Radio, Sky Sports, Sky News, 5 News and LBC.