Image of Ayrshire College students in the studio with BBC Introducing January 2022

Ayrshire College, working with Creative & Cultural Skills (CCSkills), has signed a groundbreaking partnership with BBC Scotland – becoming the nation’s first education institution to collaborate with BBC Introducing.

The College’s Music and Sound Production department was chosen to work exclusively in partnership with CCSkills in Scotland and BBC Music Introducing to help college students obtain meaningful work experience in the creative industries.

The partnership will:

  • give students experience of recording live performance to broadcast quality
  • support skills development using the college facilities as the recording hub
  • create enduring links between local, emerging musicians and emerging recording professionals to help build links across grassroots music scenes

With support from lecturers David McAulay and John Rae, three students at Ayrshire College – Nicole Kilpatrick (HND Music), Elizabeth Paton (HND Sound Production) and Richi Holt (HNC Media) – have been involved in the first project from the partnership; recording a session from the band Pretty Preachers Club at the College’s Ayr Campus.

The performance will be broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland’s BBC Introducing in Scotland programme on Friday 11 February 2022 at 8pm.

The students facilitated the live recording within their newly upgraded Studio G54, which has received significant funding from the Ayrshire College Foundation to help realise the department’s ambitions.

Patrick Devlin, Curriculum Manager for Music and Sound Production at Ayrshire College, said: “As the sole FE partner in this unique collaboration for the whole of Scotland, we feel honoured and extremely privileged to be involved with CC Skills and BBC Scotland.

“The Music and Sound Production department has been exceedingly fortunate to have been provided extra funding through the Ayrshire College Foundation’s Innovation Fund to the amount of £25,000, to enhance our already first-class recording facilities to be a truly world-class environment for music, sound production and media students to learn.

“From the early days of 2000 when the college was one of only two institutions to have acquired AVID Learning Partner status for industry standard Pro Tools education programme integration, this exclusive BBC Scotland partnership represents the pinnacle of that journey from that point 22 years ago.

“As a department, we always strive to go further to provide a competitive advantage for our students and this opportunity to work with such a global media partner, doesn’t come around very often. We hope it is the start of a fruitful partnership for years to come.”

Kathryn Willens, Head of Partnerships (Scotland) at Creative & Cultural Skills, said: “Work-based learning opportunities are a brilliant way to nurture Scotland’s future workforce, and the team at Ayrshire College is setting the pace. It is always inspiring when effort to connect the nation’s world-class creative employers with new waves of industry talent generates real excitement and energy. We wish Nicole, Elizabeth and Richi – and the next Ayrshire College students to work with BBC Scotland – every success.”

Tune into BBC Radio Scotland via the BBC Sounds app to listen.