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The 4Ps Project - Charity 1189607

The 4Ps Project is a Charity (1189607)  and an award winning free course run by Vectis Radio CIC which aims to help young people on the Island to build their confidence and improve their communication skills which will result in greater life chances. Through learning the key areas of radio communication skills will be gained and confidence will be boosted.

Vectis Radio has developed the idea of the 4Ps course as a means of passing on extensive knowledge and experience to young people and hopes that the course will not just enable those who undertake it to develop specific broadcasting industry skills but also help more widely in enabling participants to develop key employability skills such as communication, confidence and self-esteem as they move into their working careers.

Why 4Ps?

The 4Ps are the four main ingredients of radio:


Around 400 young people have so far benefited from the course, some have chosen to remain volunteering at Vectis Radio and have gone on to present or co-present their own shows. The course can be tailored to individual students needs. Some students have severe physical and/or mental complications that affect their day to day life. The course aims to help everyone at their own pace.

To find out what is covered in the course click here for a breakdown of the syllabus

Watch The Video To Find Out How The 4Ps Project Is Benefiting Schools, Students & Families

Our Story So Far

Vectis Radio put in place a teaching program in 2013 which was reshaped as the multi award winning 4Ps training school in 2014. It is the only radio teaching school on the Island. The 4Ps course is designed for young people aged between 11 and 19, or up to age 25 with additional needs, to increase their confidence and build communication skills via the medium of radio. Students learn to produce, present, podcast and promote (hence the 4Ps).

To date more than 400 young people have completed the course from schools such as St. Catherine’s School, St. George’s School, The Studio School, Ryde Academy, Carisbrooke Academy and The Isle of Wight College, it’s free for them to attend and has produced some amazing results to date.

Originally 4Ps was set up as a stand-alone community interest company (CIC) to give a wider choice of funding sources than those available to Vectis Radio itself.

In 2019 the board took the decision to transition from a CIC to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) registered with the Charities Commission. This gives the school full charitable status and further widens the availability of funding options to sustain and expand its training programmes.

Trustee David Parkinson said the following about the move to becoming a registered charity:

This is a move we have been trying to make for some time. A number of potential funders have made it clear that they will only support charities, so now we’re constituted as a charitable incorporated organisation, we hope our fundraising efforts will become a bit easier.

The board of the training school asked Councillor Paul Brading to be the Patron of the charity and Paul readily agreed to use his experience and abilities to help further the aims of the school. Paul said:

I am delighted to have been asked to become the Patron on the 4P’s programme, and welcome our new charitable status. I have seen first-hand how the programme has made such an incredible difference to so many young people, and have witnessed their developments, as well as been grilled at interviews by them. Our charitable status will enable the programme to develop further to the next level, and I will do all I can to support this great initiative.

Watch the video below to find out more about the 4Ps Project

Changing Lives

Our students often come from disadvantaged backgrounds and/or have additional needs. We want to offer the course to as many young people as possible and the age limit extends up to 25 for those with additional needs. Through working with young people in a safe and fun environment, we aim to significantly improve our students life chances by giving them a platform to build from.

Making a Difference to Family Life

Watch the videos below to find out from the parents how the 4Ps Project has had a positive impact on their family's life: