23 year old Elaina graduated from MYP at the end of November 2013 and is now full time employed at the BBC. She was supported by Mitcham Job Centre Plus throughout MYP training programme.
"I found out about MAMA Youth Project (MYP) on Twitter and after reading up about the company’s achievements in helping young people break into the media industry, I was compelled to apply for the scheme. I especially liked how practical and hands-on the scheme was, allowing young people between the ages of 16-25 to come together as researchers, producers and production management staff to create a 6x 30 minute magazine show within 3 months, to be broadcast on Sky One.
As such, my role as a trainee Production Coordinator on this scheme allowed me to experience first-hand the time pressure of the media industry, the challenges of working with talent from presenters through to contributors, and the depth of people management.
Most importantly, I graduated from MYP with a tangible achievement in the form of a broadcast-level TV program to show prospective employers. My experience at MYP has since opened doors to opportunities with Endemol, documentary makers Special Edition Films and now, I am currently working as Production Management Assistant on The One Show. The role is teaching me how a live production comes together and valuable skills, both administrative and organisational, as I coordinate the induction of staff, the diary management of senior staff and liaise with various departments to ensure the smooth running of the show. I look forward to using the skills I am learning now to build a successful career within production management with views of being exposed to as many departments of the BBC as possible" - May 2014