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Des Shepherd is a qualified tutor and is available for freelance/sessional training sessions on a range of radio broadcast and community development subjects.

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Training Services
Broadcast Training
Recent Training Activity
Linda Gage Memorial Trust
RNIB Redhill College  
Star Awards

Other Activities and Achievements










Training Services

Topics for broadcast training courses include:

*   Radio interviewing and speech package production.
*   Music radio presentation, production and scheduling.
*   Speech radio presentation and production.
*   Digital editing and mixing.
*   Basic broadcast journalism
*   Broadcast law
*   Sales and Marketing

Community Development courses include:

*   Handling the Media
*   Volunteer Recruitment and Management
*   Writing grant applications
*   Developing business plans
*   Community structures and governance
*   On-line marketing

Des Shepherd can also advise on course content, handouts and assessment materials applicable to EDEXCEL and other accredited radio qualifications.

Please e-mail for further information.

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Des Shepherd has been involved in running radio training courses since 1994.

In July 2000, he established BROADCAST TRAINING LTD (now part of Action Broadcast Company) to offer professional radio training. Various courses have been developed and range from a full time radio broadcasting course to seminars, workshops, short courses and in-house training for radio stations.

Accreditation of Broadcast Training's Radio Broadcasting Course.

In the absence of any level 3 or 4 radio broadcasting qualification at the time (1999), Des developed the BTEC Advanced Diploma in Radio Broadcasting (a centre devised qualification) based on an established, but unaccredited radio course. He devised course material and assessment procedures. The course/qualification was delivered at Lambeth College and more recently, at the RNIB Redhill College. The most recent visit by EDEXCEL's External Verifier took place in March 2007. The EV commented in his report,

"A well managed and efficiently organised programme. Internal Verification is clear and robust. The student attainment is high and achievement is above that required at this level. Some very able students studying in a realistic working environment. Practical skills are excellent. Staff also up to speed with latest industry techniques, practice and legal requirements."



Recent Training Activity

Taken on a sessional tutor for the WEA. Initial courses have been delivered via Zoom.

Ran a number of workshops on Zoom for members of Wey Valley Radio.

2012 - 2015
Developed and delivered a range of short courses for those working in the voluntary sector. These were run in conjunction with NESCOT.

Also ran short courses in radio presentation and production for Redstone FM and Ridge Radio.

Delivered courses for the voluntary sector covering social media, media survival plus broadcast workshops for Redstone FM and Meridian FM. These were organised in conjunction with NESCOT

This year, a further Broadcast Opportunities Course for blind and partially sighted students. Again funded by the  European Social Fund, the course is running until July 2010 with students getting the opportunity to produce/present radio shows on Meridian FM.

Also this year, Des has organised workshops on broadcast law for Meridian FM and Uckfield FM, two new community stations launching this year.

During 2009, Des ran a Broadcast Opportunities course for blind and partially sighted people. This was run in conjunction with Redstone FM and was funded by the European Social Fund. The course was covered by Radio 4's "In Touch" programme. Click here to read more about the course.

Also this year, Des Shepherd organised a series of Media Survival workshops for local voluntary organisations and charities. These were run in conjunction with the Reigate and Banstead Voluntary Service and the Surrey Mirror.


Linda Gage Memorial graphic.

Linda Gage Memorial Trust

Des organised of the 'Linda Gage Memorial Award' an annual competition for students on radio/media courses nation-wide. This competition was supported by the Radio Academy and other high profile industry companies. He is also a trustee of the Linda Gage Memorial Trust.

Click here for more about the Linda Gage Memorial Trust.

The Linda Gage book "A Guide to Commercial radio Journalism" is currently being re-written and updated. It will soon be available as a download publication.



RNIB Redhill College

Des worked as the course tutor for the radio broadcasting course at the RNIB REDHILL COLLEGE (2003 to 2007). He taught primarily blind and partially sighted students and gained considerable knowledge and insight with teaching disabled students. Apart from delivering the training, Des organised three temporary radio broadcasts (as Redstone FM), which were run by the college's students supported by former students and local volunteers. 

Star Awards certificate

Star Awards

The highlight of Des's training career came in 2006 when he was recognised by the Department of Education and Skills for his work running the course at the RNIB Redhill College.  

The STAR Awards are a way of recognising the work of those who have made an outstanding contribution to the quality of learning within Further Education. 

The 2006 Star Awards included the Learner's Choice Star Award, sponsored by the Daily Mirror. It is nominated by students to commend an exceptional member of staff, who has inspired and motivated them to succeed. A shortlist of ten was chosen from the 170 nominations to this category. Des Shepherd (RNIB Redhill College/Redstone FM) was one of the 10 shortlisted finalists in this category.  

His nomination stated:

"Able to see past his students' disabilities to their potential, Des encourages them to do the same. He builds confidence, helping them achieve successes they didn't think possible."

Click here for the full story and the Daily Mirror article.




Other Activities and Achievements

During 2003 to 2005, Des was engaged as External Verifier for EDEXCEL for their BTEC Nationals (Media). He was also involved with writing the EDEXCEL Higher National qualifications for Audio.

Before working at the RNIB, Des was employed as Course Manager for the Radio Broadcasting Course at LAMBETH COLLEGE (1996 to 2002). He was responsible for recruiting students and guest speakers, day to day running of the course, teaching, liaison with awarding bodies (Scottish Qualifications Authority and EDEXCEL), assessing student work and internally verifying other assessor's work.


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