Radio Academy opens applications for annual mentoring scheme

Former radio producer Natasha Maw announced as new programme lead

The Radio Academy has opened applications for its third-annual mentoring programme, aimed at helping mid-career radio and audio professionals in the UK to develop their skills and experience. 

The Radio Academy Mentoring Programme (RAMP) 2024 is open to professionals working across different areas within audio and radio, from production and editorial to technology and commercial roles. The programme works by matching participants with a senior and experienced member of the industry for one-on-one mentoring sessions. 

“There is a wealth of diverse careers in audio, but often professionals reach a point in their journey when they feel stuck - unsure or unsuccessful in advancing to the next position,” said The Radio Academy’s managing director Aradhna Tayal Leach. “Mentoring and guided support help to open up different paths and gain the

confidence and knowledge to take the next steps.”

Previous mentors that have participated in the RAMP programme included senior figures like Acast Creator Network development director Adam Uytman, Sony Music Entertainment co-head of global podcasts and executive vice president Jez Nelson, Unedited Productions co-founder Bernard Achampong, and more. 

Participants will also be able to build their own network with facilitated peer-to-peer development through networking events and Action Learning Sets, as well as learning from leadership training and skills development workshops facilitated by the new RAMP programme lead, former radio producer Natasha Maw. 

The scheme, which is supported by broadcast studio developer Broadcast Bionics, will run for six months from February to July 2024, with ongoing support from the RAMP lead and Radio Academy team throughout the entire process. 

“Empowering broadcasters to make the most compelling, creative content is at the

core of everything we do at Broadcast Bionics,” said Broadcast Bionics managing director Dan McQuillin. “For this reason, we’re thrilled to be supporting RAMP which helps unlock creativity and talent in ambitious radio and audio professionals through a truly unique mentoring programme.”

Applicants must have at least five years of experience to be eligible, and have until 26 November to submit their final applications. There are a total of 20 places available to apply for, and applicants will be shortlisted by a panel of Radio Academy trustees. There will also be a zoom webinar taking place on 1 November with advice from Leach, Maw, and RAMP 2022 and 2023 alumni on how to apply.