• James Ellaby
Students Thrive At Key 103’s Christmas Live

Three young people from Greater Manchester have won the chance of a lifetime to secure a work experience placement at Key103’s annual Christmas Live event.

The three college students won a competition against stiff opposition to win the three week placements working with Key103 in the build-up to their flagship annual event.

Christmas Live took place at the Phones 4 U Arena in Manchester on 4 December in front of around 12,000 enthusiastic fans, and featured a stellar line–up including X Factor star Olly Murs, former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger and The Script, whose lead singer Danny Donoghue was one of the judges on BBC’s The Voice.

Rachael Dickinson, an A Level student at Crompton House Sixth Form College in Oldham, Jessica Done, who’s studying A Levels at Xaverian College in Manchester, and Abigail Turner who is on an HND course at Ashton Sixth Form College were the three who came through the process which culminated in an interview at Key103.

The placements came about as part of a sponsorship arrangement with Manchester based training provider Skills Solutions and the National Careers Service.

Rachael and Jessica worked on the social media leading up to and during the event, helping to raise awareness of Christmas Live and the acts who were performing, and also worked on press releases. On the night of the event, Rachael produced a live blog and Jessica was managing the photography schedule.

Abigail was involved in programming for the event, which included scheduling the running order, and looking after the presents donated by the artists for the Mission Christmas appeal, which Key103 is supporting and is aimed at providing Christmas presents for children living in poverty.

On the night, she was a runner, meeting and greeting the performers, and supporting the team to make sure that everything ran smoothly.

Abigail said: “It’s been a great experience all round. I’d like to work in the media industry when I’ve finished my studies, and this placement has given me a real insight into one aspect of that. I feel like I’ve been given real responsibility and I’ve enjoyed the challenge.”

Fiona Mellett, Managing Director of Skills Solutions said: “Meaningful work experience is extremely valuable in helping young people prepare for their careers, and that’s why we wanted to be part of this initiative. These three students have had a brilliant experience being involved in such a high profile and exciting event, and I’m sure it will help shape their futures.”