Ant and Dec visited Gateshead College recently to surprise eleven young people who have taken part in their Making it in Media programme with The Prince’s Trust, and have invited businesses who want to help change the lives of these talented young people in the North-East to get involved.

The TV duo met with the group of 16 to 25-year-olds from the North-East completing the two-week programme, which aims to help the next generation of young talent from the region to start their careers in the media and entertainment industries.

The ITV stars and long-standing Prince’s Trust Ambassadors watched content produced by the trainees, before handing out certificates to recognise their achievements.

Ant said: “It has been a dream of ours to bring this programme home to Newcastle for such a long time. To finally be here and see what every young person has learnt, how their confidence has grown and what they have produced over the past two weeks has been incredible and humbling. We are so proud of each of them.”

Dec added: “The reason we created the Making it in Media programme with The Prince’s Trust was to give talented young people like those we have met today some of the skills needed for this industry.”

Launched in London last summer for talented and creative young people who are struggling to find work, those enrolled have been given expert training on topics such as editing, camera work, script writing and digital skills during the programme.

They also gained experience of putting on their own TV production, have received advice from industry experts, and built their confidence and general skills for work.

Rebecca Kelly, 19, who took part in the programme, said:

Hearing from Ant and Dec today, two people from this area, about the doubts and difficulties they faced starting out, alongside the skills and experience I’ve learnt on the programme has made me feel so much more confident about my future. It has been an amazing experience.”

Following the course, the young people can attend an afternoon of job interviews at a Get Hired event and it is here where Ant and Dec are seeking the support of local businesses to offer opportunities to the next generation of homegrown talent. 

To find out more, or how your business can get involved, visit our Making it in Media page for more information.