Pathway to Employment (P2E)


Somer Valley FM is a unique environment where business integrates with education in a professional media setting.




Launched in January 2013 this exciting initiative uses community radio training as a conduit to employment through the development of transferable skills that make participants more employable on all platforms. P2E offers opportunities for both media careers aspirants and job seekers keen to get on. As well as work placements this initiative includes workshops, apprenticeships and traineeships. So far over 100 people have found work within 6 weeks of their placement with SVFM. Training includes how to make a news package, interviews and radio features.

Aged 16-24? What to do next? It’s time to think about your future as an apprentice or fulltime employee.
We’re now delivering traineeships with Bath College! Click here to learn more

Coming soon… Traineeships with Bath Studio School! 
Contact us for details!

Click Here for an update of achievements (June 2016)


Radstock & Westfield Big Local supports Pathway To Employment. For specific training & skill development opportunities with residents in Radstock & Westfield please contact the station on 01761 411755, or Click Here to sign up.

 Job seekers making radio to increase their employability chances.

Journalism Letter Box

    Employability workshop matching local media experts with aspirant journalists.

Paul Wiltshire, News editor of the Bath Chronicle, Daniel Cattanach, B&NES Comms & Marketing and Becky Brooks (Not Pictured), MN,R&D Journal, Share their career experience with the next generation of journalists

Ed Vaizey

The Pathway To Employment scheme is a great example of the impact community stations can have…..At a time of rising youth unemployment, initiatives such as yours, provide value support and opportunities for young people allowing them to gain the necessary experience and confidence to find employment.- Ed Vaizey MP, Dept. Culture, Media & Sport

Somer Valley FM has given me the direction I did not have three years ago to develop a career beyond my wildest dreams when I first started.- Luke Barnes - Apprentice 2013/2014

The pathway scheme really helped in the interview stage of getting my job. It allowed me to talk about the work placement and working creatively within strict time frames. Somer Valley FM gave me confidence. I liked spending time there and I really enjoyed the various daily tasks. In the interview I discussed what the radio station had opened up for me and felt confident that I knew what employers were looking for in potential employees.- Francis Comberti, Benefits team at Bristol City Council - August 2013

I fed back to the Job Centre Plus in Bath that it was brilliant to do something so constructive and creative in a positive atmosphere and environment instead of moping at home while unemployed, and that I’d recommend it to anyone.- Pete Bayley, 32 - Former job seeker

Somer Valley FM has already proved itself as a popular community broadcaster but it is now actively involved in helping people on their ‘pathway to employment’. As a broadcaster it can bring jobs and job seekers together but as an employer it serves as a role model of community engagement.- Jacob Rees-Mogg MP for NE Somerset – March 2013

How can I participate? Can my business get involved? How do I advertise a job vacancy? For full details of the initiative Call Dom Chambers on 01761 568004 or Email

P2E Supporting Partners

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Crimebeat Trust