Radio Broadcasting & Digital Journalism Traineeship

Want to get into the world of audio – radio, podcasting or audio production? What about digital storytelling, documentary making or mobile journalism?

New for 2019, the Radio Broadcasting & Digital Journalism Traineeship takes the timeless production, editorial and creative values of broadcast radio and re-focuses them into the digital age – podcasting, digital storytelling and mobile journalism.  Led by a team of broadcast industry professionals with a range of associate trainers and guest speaker masterclasses – you’ll get true insights on how the media industry works, where the jobs are, how to create engaging content and which production skills you need to bring your ideas to life. 30% of learning on this traineeship takes places on-the-job.

This is the only full-time Traineeship in Radio Broadcasting & Journalism in Ireland to be run in partnership with a radio station. Creative productions from this traineeship have won multiple IMRO National Radio awards – another first.

Course Modules.

  • Induction
  • Working in the Audio Visual Industries* – investigate the organisation, regulation and working practices within the media sector in order to gain an understanding of their modus operandi, main legal constraints, professional practices and health and safety practices.
  • Researching and Presenting Information* – use a variety of research methods to gather information from primary and secondary sources and present the information using suitable formats.
  • Storytelling & Journalism* – plan, research, organise and produce news bulletins, packages and journalistic items for radio.
  • Producing Radio Programmes* – produce radio items using appropriate equipment and standard procedures with reference to radio broadcasting roles, radio production roles, how to pitch ideas and how to apply for various broadcasting funding schemes.
  • Producing Creative Audio*  – plan, record, edit and produce a variety of creative audio items.
  • Recording Sound* – devise, plan and produce items of sound recording to brief.
  • Video Production Techniques* – devise, plan, produce and publish mobile journalism video pieces using iPhone.
  • Career planning and job seeking skills – plan and achieve realistic employment and career goals.
  • In Company – 10 weeks in-company work practice. There is also flexibility to allow students to use Fridays and Mondays as days to volunteer in a radio station or production facility to build a relationship with a host organisation in advance of work practice – in co-operation with your tutor.

*Denotes assessed modules.

An experienced team of broadcast professionals deliver the course which is run in partnership with a multi-award winning Irish radio station. Regular guest speakers also feature which bring real insights and help students make industry contacts and connections.

The training style is focused on ‘learning by doing’ where you work on projects and client briefs to develop and refine your skills. Feedback is given on an ongoing basis to help you grow and develop.


  • Have reached the statutory school leaving age.
  • Have Leaving Certificate Standard of education or equivalent.
  • Demonstrate a significant interest in working within the media sector.
  • Have a good verbal and written command of the English language.
  • High level of computer literacy.
  • Have good interpersonal skills.
  • Have the capacity to take direction.
  • Have the ability to work on their own initiative and to work with others as part of a team.

Former graduates of this course work at the BBC, RTE, Communicorp, Wireless Group, Independent News and Media, Landmark Media, Maximum Media, the Independent Local Radio sector, and a host of other on-line and media production companies.

Roles include:

  • Broadcast Assistant
  • Researcher
  • News Journalist
  • Sports Journalist
  • Commercial Producer
  • Sound Engineer
  • Commercial Voice-over
  • Programme Producer
  • Music Programme Presenter
  • Talk Show Presenter
  • Digital Journalist
  • Podcaster
  • MOJO Producer
  • Social Media Producer


Radio Broadcasting Traineeship 2017 | Production Assistant at Radio Kerry

“College or university didn’t appeal to me because of the lack of practical skills, something Kerry ETB Training Centre could offer me. I started on the Radio Broadcasting Traineeship straight from school. The course offered total immersion into the field of radio. I am now working in an award winning station, on award winning programmes and with class leading presenters & journalists.”


Radio Broadcasting Traineeship 2014 | Assistant Programme Director at Cork’s Red FM.

“Coming from an engineering background, but with a huge passion for radio – this traineeship took me from presenting an online radio show to working with the Neil Prendeville Show on Cork’s Red FM and winning an IMRO Gold Radio Award within 2 short years. Highly Recommended.”


Radio Broadcasting Traineeship 2011 | Broadcast Coordinator | Continuity Announcer| Journalist at RTE

“This traineeship gave me with the practical skills and the industry knowledge that have proved invaluable to me in gaining experience and work in an industry where competitive advantage is essential.”


Radio Broadcast Traineeship 2010 | Producer at BBC 5 Live | Story Sheppard at StoryStock

“It gives you an insight into everything you need to know about the inner workings of a radio station, the hands on studio experience you gain as part of the course is invaluable and gives you a huge advantage when you start working in the industry.”


Radio Broadcasting Traineeship 2007 | Lecturer in Media at University of Derby |  Henchman Productions

“I came into this course with no radio experience, but a desire to work in radio, and after nine intensive months I was fully equipped with the practical skills to take up a job in the industry. I could present, record, edit, and deliver radio programmes to the highest standard.”


Radio Broadcasting Traineeship 2006 | Deputy Editor of AA Roadwatch

“The experience I gained while a student with Radio Kerry Training was without doubt invaluable both professionally
and personally. You hit the ground running when you enter the radio industry and this element of the course sets it apart.”