Media Training Station Community Interest Company – trading as MTS and ‘The Training Station’ – is a not-for-profit social enterprise registered in England and Wales, number 7809518. It was established in October 2011 with the purpose of providing training in professional and personal skills, especially in the fields of journalism, the media, human rights and humanitarian and development aid.
A community interest company (CIC) works for the benefit of a defined community – in our case, journalists and media organisations in countries in transition, crisis and conflict, as well as people who work in the development and humanitarian sectors. The aims and operation of a CIC have to be approved by a government regulator. All profits are re-invested for the benefit of the community.
To date we have delivered projects with a value of more than one million pounds, all on time and on budget.
We’ve delivered training and created content on behalf of the British Council; the British government sports development agency, UK Sport; the major media development organisation Internews; and the BBC’s media development charity, BBC Media Action.
We have created online courses for Nigerian universities, East Africa Cup attendees, refugee support and women’s groups in the Middle East and most recently the Arab States Broadcasting Union. We’ve recently been contracted to develop video learning resources for online postgraduate courses for the Royal Agricultural University.
We’ve received funding directly and indirectly from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office; the UK Department for International Development; Norwegian People’s Aid; the US State Department, and USAID.
We are registered as a US government supplier with DUNS number 217502422 and with EU EuropeAid with PADOR number GB-2013-GBK-1402713565.
We are registered for VAT in the UK, number GB 175 6338 82.