Skills for Life: Podcasting

Everything you need to kickstart a career in podcasting with this free 7-week intensive course

A programme series dedicated to developing the creative skills and practice of young people in the fields of podcasting, audio production, filmmaking, set design, digital content, photography, and more. This free 7-week course encourages 18-30-year-old Londoners with a passion for developing, enhancing, or applying new creative skills, to build lifelong collaborations among the cohort and contribute to the creative workforce, paid and skilled at the end of each course.

By the end of the course, participants will each create an under 10min podcast episode responding to a brief set by Foundation FM “Empowering marginalised voices through podcasting”.

The curriculum is co-designed and co-delivered with emerging and established London-based creative practitioners, and freelancers from big-name companies like Spotify, each contributing via guest lectures, masterclasses, technical skills-based workshops, inspirational bite-sized industry talks, informative panel discussions, brand briefs, and the occasional creative field trip to their studios.

Applicants do not need any prior educational or work experience in podcasting to apply, just a passion, interest, or willingness to learn the skill.

  • Course Benefits

    • Our team of friendly facilitators will guide you throughout the course, supporting anything you need to support your experience throughout, and answer and Qs you have along the way.
    • Participants are taught our tried and tested curriculum with special guest sessions run by Spotify, Pirate Studios, Roundhouse + more
    • You'll get access to a MacBook pro and use of Abode suite throughout the duration of the course
    • You'll receive a £200 bursary to cover your travel/ subsistence costs
    • Once you finish the course, you will receive a certificate and join a network of Creativity Works peers who access year-round exclusive invites to private industry events for free, such as Vogue symposiums, The Podcast Show, the UKMVAs + more
    • You'll receive a guaranteed interview.
  • Course Curriculum

  • Dates and Locations

    • Applications open: 7 November 2023
    • Applications deadline: 15 December 2023
    • Course dates: 30 January – 14 March 2024*
    • Course days: Tues – Thursday (3-days a week)
    • Course times: 10am – 2.30pm (with the occasional session ending at 4.30pm)

    This course takes place over 7 weeks, with flexible drop-in employment skills workshops in the final week.

    A combination of online and in-person sessions take place at our space on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, at the Good Growth Hub, E15 2SJ.

    Sessions take place 3-days a week, Tuesday – Thursday, 10am – 2:30pm, with the occasional evening session ending at 4.30pm

    *Participants must be available to attend the full length of the course.

  • Application support

    No prior qualifications, experience or education is needed to be eligible to this course.

    We only require you to evidence an interest or passion for gaining skills in podcasting or wanting a prospective career in the related industry. Find out more about pathways into careers in podcasting using our toolkit.

    Read about careers in Audio Production

    You can register to attend our online or IRL application support sessions via Creative Connect

    Join a Creative Connect session

  • Who's involved?


    Delivered as part of The Skills Bootcamps for Londoners which aims to help Londoners aged 19+ to progress in work by giving them access to in-demand skills training and a guaranteed interview for a more sustainable, higher-skilled job and higher wages over time.

    With thanks to Foundation FM for setting the brief and to Meera Kumar, Nicole Logan, Mae Li Evans & Nada Smiljanic for all their support throughout the programme.

    Contributions by Frankie Wells, Thomas Curry, Almass Badat, Talia Augustidis, Axel Kacoutie, Andrew Spence, Hana Walker-Brown, Lizzie Ellis, Rema Mukena, Louisa Field & Sofia Grammauta and the rest of the Pirate Studios team.

  • Programme
    Creativity Works
  • Dates

    30 January – 7 March 2024

  • Eligibility

    London, aged 18-30

  • Number of Places