Young people struggling to find work in Leeds are mixing things up and turning to the DJ booth in a bid to be heard.
Youngsters not in education, employment or training (Neets) are being taught top DJ-ing techniques to help them build on employability skills and potentially find work.
Stephanie Reed, 22, of Beeston, attended the Neet programme at Leeds City College for the first time last week.
Speaking about the experience, she said: “My favourite part was learning how to scratch the record.”
She added: “I want to get some education out of it and hopefully it will help me to get a job in the future.
“It was good and it’s something that I want to keep up.”
The free, two-hour sessions for 16 to 24-year-olds are currently held at the college’s Park Lane campus every week.
The course, organised by All Star Entertainment, runs for six weeks and has seen more than 75 young people from across the city sign up so far.
Marc Landish, course instructor, is a DJ at various clubs including Mission and Space in Leeds city centre and the Shrug club night at Love Apple in Bradford.
He said: “I love to DJ and showing other people how to do it gives me joy.
“At first the kids have no confidence but then they learn how to DJ and realise that they can learn anything.
“It’s about building up the confidence in themselves.”
The course also involves the college’s performing arts students and offers workshops in song writing, street dance, rapping and singing.
Michelle Morris, flexible starts curriculum leader at the college, said: “The aim is re-engagement with education, showing them that college life is great and that we want to help them find out what they want to do as a career.”
She added: “Because the course is six weeks long, it gives them short, sharp burst of inspiration and it’s a stepping stone that they can then build on.”
To find out more information about the course, or for similar events near you, visit: www.allstarents.co.uk