Film and internet training given a £1m cash boost
YOUNG people in Plymouth are in the frame to benefit from a new £1 million project focusing on new media, such as the internet.
CoastNet, which is based at Devonport Guildhall, has been awarded about £500,000 by the European Commission's Interreg programme to set up the project in Plymouth.
The funding, which will be matched by other UK-based organisations, will be used to rent or buy a dedicated site for the training in the city.
The project, called Villa Crossmedia, will run for three years and will teach students new media skills over six to 12 weeks.
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It will offer 12 to 25-year-olds training in everything from the safe use of the internet to film-making and radio production.
Alex Midlen, strategic director for CoastNet, said: "This is a wonderful opportunity for young people to turn their internet habit into new skills which will help them to get further training and jobs.
"For Devon and Cornwall the project will strengthen its already strong Creative Industries sector – helping to provide new skilled employees and entrepreneurs to this growing industry.
"Young people from Plymouth and East Cornwall will be trained in new media, making short films and radio programmes inspired by the coast, and will learn to become more 'media savvy'."
Mr Midlen said course leaders are now urging young people to put themselves forward for the course.
"Young people spend as much as 30 hours a week on the internet according to some studies," he added.
"Whilst there are legitimate concerns regarding its impact on social development and exposure to inappropriate content, the internet and other forms of digital media are here to stay and we must adapt to them."
He said the course, running alongside similar projects in Belgium and Suffolk, will encourage young people to use new media to take a greater part in community and society at large.
CoastNet is an independent charity working to improve the quality of life in coastal communities.
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