SES trainee lands his dream job!

Steve is standing behind a camera, resting on a tripod, in the Chapel performance studio. To his right hand side there are more cameras, tripods, wires and other bits of recording equipment.

When 40 year old Steve Turnbull, from Gloucester, left his job in a warehouse in 2014, due to his failing eyesight, he had no idea what to do or where to turn, having lost all of his confidence. Despite always having an interest in music and media, mainly through his father who worked as a photographer, Steve never thought that it would be a viable career path for him until he had a meeting at his local job centre, where they told him about the possibilities of SES (Specialist Employability Support Programme).


In September 2015 Steve joined us at RNC (Royal National College for the Blind) as an Audio Media Production trainee where he was able to re-train in a real work-based learning environment. Every day he was able to gain experience working with live bands, live streaming over the internet and recording various radio productions. Teacher Graham Wilde says “The course is very practical and we aim to not only teach our trainees the skills but enable them to work independently so that they are ready for the world of work as soon as they leave us.”


Alongside studying on the SES programme, Steve received employability skills support which included help updating his CV and practicing interview techniques from the beginning, he says “The support I’ve been given from day one has been amazing. I can honestly say I don’t think I would have the confidence or skills to find employment without coming to RNC.”  We are delighted that Steve has secured an exciting position in editing at well-established production company AIP (Action Image Productions), who work on TV, web and events for a range of high profile clients including BMW, Kodak, The Times and The Royal Shakespeare Company! Steve, who started his job earlier this month, has been able to put his skills and new found confidence into work and says “My first day couldn’t have gone better, it was fantastic. I’m really excited to be going out on video shoots, undertaking studio work and getting involved in the whole production process.”


Steve wanted to pass on his appreciation to RNC “I would personally like to thank all of the staff who have helped me and there are a lot of individual people I want to thank but way too many to list!  Everyone does a marvellous job at RNC; it’s been an absolute pleasure and honour being a part of it.” During his time at RNC, Steve was keen to raise awareness about visual impairment and became involved in the ‘See the person, not the disability’ campaign. Below is a video written, directed and produced by Steve, which focuses on the life of fellow SES trainee and former Paralympian Simon Goodall;


Article written by Bik Lee, Digital Media Officer at RNC


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