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Prince Andrew opens new media academy for former military personnel

The Duke of York has granted the royal seal of approval for the opening of a new media academy. Here, former military personnel will be given training and the skills needed to undertake positions in the media throughout the UK.

The Duke is Patron of the Services Sound & Vision Corporation (SSVC), which broadcasts Forces TV and other broadcasts aimed at members of the Armed Forces.

Speaking at the academy, Andrew said: “To provide a course like this – for either retiring or leaving veteran service personnel – is absolutely second-to-none.

“There are a number of media organisations in this country who are looking for additional skills.”

He continued by outlining the skills necessary to work in this industry: “They are looking for core skills of resilience, the ability to be able to deliver work unsupervised and to be able to get on with things in a way that the servicemen and women can do.”

During his time at the event, the Duke met students participating in one-year media production courses at the Forces Media Academy in Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire. The academy will specifically train former service personnel, including reservists, preparing them for careers in videography, digital, TV or radio.

Sophie Maynard, aged 24, is one of the first students to enrol at the academy and is one of the original 15 students whom the Royal British Legion has given a £18,000 bursary.

Ms Maynard was given the opportunity to interview The Duke during his visit. Speaking to the Express, the former Royal Navy service member said: “What a fantastic way to kick-start my education in media.

“It also made me realise that I am no longer camera-shy, and presenting and interviewing is now an area I wish to pursue when I complete the course.”

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