Lincoln’s first community radio station, Siren FM, has won a 2012 Lincolnshire and Rutland Education Business Partnership award for Investors in Education.
The Investors in Education Awards are given to a select number of employers each year who have gone above and beyond what is required of them to transform work experience into work inspiration for young people from across Lincolnshire and Rutland.
Siren FM was shortlisted from over 8000 work experience placements across the county. The station was one of 100 businesses across Lincolnshire and Rutland, who were awarded the 2012 Investors in Education award at a ceremony which took place at the Showroom in Lincoln, on Wednesday 11th July.
Managing Editor, Andrew David, said: “I am absolutely delighted to receive an award that celebrates the work we do with young people and the community.”
Ian Mills, who is the work experience co-ordinator for Siren FM said: “It’s very rewarding to know we have given young people an opportunity to express themselves.”
He added: “Siren FM gives young people the opportunity to meet other inspirational and influential people at the radio station. Siren FM’s work experience programme gives young people the opportunity to learn about broadcasting in a safe environment. They learn from their mistakes in a professional environment. We also hope to equip young people who come on work experience with tools such as communication skills and confidence building.”
Anthony Cafferkey, producer of the ’No Adults Allowed’ show, a radio programme for young people by young people, was also at the presentation. He has been volunteering with Siren FM for over three years and originally came to the station on work experience. Three years on, he now presents the Friday edition of NO Adults Allowed with the work experience team. No Adults Allowed is one of the stations longest running programmes. He said: “I am really proud of this award, not only for the profile of the station, but because it shows that we have made a difference in the community.”
He added: “The work experience programme has boosted many people’s confidence and this is a place that they can come and not only learn about radio, but also learn about themselves. Quite often young people who come on work experience have improved their confidence in the classroom.”