Welcome to the Gaydio Academy

A not-for-profit LGBTQ+ organisation,
supporting the community through the provision of confidence-building, skills-based education and training.

About The Gaydio Academy

Projects and courses each year

300+ learners

5 Teaching Locations

70 combined years' industry experience

Award winning programmes and courses

Take Part

The Gaydio Academy helps Gaydio reflect the diversity of the audience we represent. It's a core building block in our mission to be the UK's LGBTQ+ station.

All activities at The Gaydio Academy are free. No experience is necessary. We're LGBTQ+ focussed, not LGBTQ+ exclusive.

  • As a learner, you'll get experience in media and content creation while you learn new transferrable skills.

  • After training, you can expect to collaborate with others, creating professional-quality audio packages with support from our team.

  • You'll build your confidence and become more employable in the process - all in a fun environment where you'll make friends.

  • After you finish, there are opportunities to progress to further work experience and volunteering.

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Current Courses

Previous Courses

Work Club 2023-2024 (Manchester) Work Club 2024, with the Academy, is delivering radio and work skills training, peer support and mentoring to help jobless people from Greater Manchester and the surroundings to find secure employment and/or training.
Intro Into Radio - Awards For All (Brighton) Awards For All, with the Academy, delivered radio and work skills training, peer support and mentoring to give participants their first steps in radio, a look at the industry as a whole and then created content online to help promote mental health and the LGBTQ+ community in the city.
Get Started In Radio & Podcasting 2023 (Edinburgh) Get Started in Radio & Podcasting, with The Princes Trust Scotland, delivered radio and work skills training, peer support and mentoring to help people from Edinburgh and surrounding areas to kick start their career in radio.
Get Started In Radio Broadcasting 2022 (Manchester) Get Started in Radio Broadcasting, with The Princes Trust, delivered radio and work skills training, peer support and mentoring to help people from Greater Manchester and the surroundings to kick start their career in radio.
Work Club 2022-2023 (Manchester) Work Club 2023, with the Academy, delivered radio and work skills training, peer support and mentoring to help jobless people from Greater Manchester and the surroundings to find secure employment and/or training.

Projects

Alongside short taught courses that run over a week-or-so, The Gaydio Academy facilitates longer-term projects, with opportunities for involvement throughout the year. You could find yourself interviewing local politicians, putting together a series of podcasts to help tackle loneliness and isolation in our community or creating digital content to make a splash across social media.

Projects

Applicants Testimonials

We love what we do, but it's what our learners, schools and partner organisations say that really matters. Whether you're a keen radio geek or a first-timer, you'll find the experience of someone just like you below...

Don't wait. Whether you consider yourself too late in your career to start something new. Whether you fear you haven't the right skills to embark on a course such as this, you're likely incorrect. The Gaydio Academy has restored my faith in following my dreams and renewed my ambition for working in broadcasting. I hope this is the start of a new chapter in my career and I can assure you what is delivered by Lee and the team in the Academy is a sure footing to get you going

Participant from course

Manchester

Mega cheers for today Lee. Loved it and I like your training style. It didn't feel like a course at all. Considering some of the courses I have been on working for the Police before I retired. Some of them can bore you to sleep, Haha But seriously thankyou. After I did the bit recording I felt a sense of like ‘hell yeah I can do this if I work on 'X', 'Y' and 'Z’ So thank you!

Participant from course

Manchester

The course Lee delivered was an amazing confidence boost for me, I spent much of this year applying for anything and everything that paid enough for me to live on and felt blocked at every turn. However, I finally got lucky and saw a vacancy, got an interview and secured the job in the last 3 days. It works out perfectly for me to have actual time to volunteer at Gaydio in the future. I can't thank Gaydio enough for the enormous boost to my self-esteem.

Participant from course

Brighton

This was one of the most impactful courses I have ever done. After looking for a career change and not working for a while it was a breath of fresh air that I didn't realise I was looking for. Lee was the perfect tutor for the course with boundless enthusiasm and knowledge. I learnt so much from him and took away some great professionally sounding recorded clips and so much enthusiasm and a renewed belief in my abilities. I am very much looking forward to being a Gaydio volunteer going forward, getting more involved and maybe even starting my new career in radio.

Participant from course

Brighton

Testimonials

Client Testimonials

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