Employment FM

About Employment FM

Employment FM is a 3 year project to assess the value of community radio training in improving the speaking and listening skills and employability prospects of young people.  Funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and coordinated by Radio Regen, the project has been delivered as a collaborative partnership by a number of organisations based in Scotland and the North West of England.

The project aims to:

  • provide evaluated radio and employability training to several groups of mainly disadvantaged young people, aged 16-19.
  • build links between employability providers and community radio stations
  • develop models of training and evaluation that can be used to improve employability provision for young people

The project has demonstrated that radio training moves young people closer to employment, as well as into actual employment.  83% of participants showed significant improvement in their employability skills, and all showed significant improvement in communication skills.

“I didn’t realise how much they’d enjoyed it until there was a parents’ forum and I was stopped by three parents, and they thanked me saying that their children loved the radio station, it’s the best thing they do, they talk about it non-stop”.

Sangeeta Shakos, Salford Pupil Referral Unit teacher



Employment FM Handbook – provides practical guidance to enable community radio stations and partner organisations to deliver similar employability training projects.

Course development tools: Course structures (docx) which breaks down courses delivered as part of Employment FM, and Course builder (xls) which lists learning outcomes and enables mapping to other course frameworks.

Teaching resources, and other documentation (eg policies & process) to come – see e.g. the SHMU Trainee handbook, which is a contract between SHMU and their trainees.

Below are two sample podcasts from Employment FM – see(hear) more at: https://soundcloud.com/radioregen/sets/employment-fm.

  • How Community Radio Training boosts employability: a short overview of what it is about radio that is so useful for developing employability skills
  • SHMU Employability Training: A ‘deep dive’ into the work of SHMU in Aberdeen, who have developed an employability training programme which positions them as a leading employability provider in their area and which provides a significant and sustainable income for the station.