Channel 4 has announced four schemes that will provide real-life work experience and insight into a range of potential careers in the broadcast industry.

The initiatives – the Channel 4 Production Trainee Scheme; Channel 4 Apprenticeships; 4Studio Placements; and the Aspiring Lawyers partnership, will provide training, work experience and placements to more than 50 people.

The 12-month trainee posts, which include mentoring with media training and recruitment agency ThinkBIGGER!, are with the following independent production companies in Wales: Bad Wolf and Yeti Television in Cardiff and Chwarel in Criccieth.

Chwarel's director, Sioned Wyn, told The National: "We're so pleased to be part of Channel 4’s AllSkills programme and bring some much needed training to North Wales. 

"As a BAFTA nominated company – The Great House Giveaway is up for the best Daytime show on June 6 – it’s brilliant to be able to build on that success, and grow our own production talent right here in Gwynedd."

Sinead Rocks, Channel 4’s managing director for nations and regions, said: “Providing opportunities to young people who might never have given a second thought to a career in the broadcast is precisely what Channel 4 should be doing.

“The impact of Covid on the career opportunities of young people has been especially damaging so it’s vital that we work collectively with our partners to provide those entry level opportunities.

“It’s so important that we reach out and tap into talent pools which are all too often ignored or overlooked. Seeking out the next generation of diverse talent is imperative for Channel 4 and the wider industry.”

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Channel 4 Production Training Scheme

Starting next month, at least 15 people will take up year-long, paid trainee positions with independent production companies based in Bristol, Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Criccieth, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester.

During those 12 months they will undergo training boot camps, regular training sessions and mentoring.

4Studio Paid Placements

Later this year, six people aged between 18-24 will take up placements with Channel 4’s in-house digital studio, 4Studio. The allocation of the six placements as part of this new pilot scheme, is firmly focussed on offering opportunities to peoplefrom diverse backgrounds, young people who might not typically consider a career in the broadcast industry.

The successful candidates will take part in a 12-week fully paid programme consisting of six weeks’ training with SharpFutures, a specialist social enterprise company supporting diverse young people into employment, followed by a six-week placement with 4Studio. The programme will include a wide range of training and twice weekly masterclasses.

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Channel 4 Apprenticeships

In a separate initiative, 13 people have already joined Channel 4 in long-term apprenticeships based in Leeds and Manchester. The apprenticeships, ranging from 15 to 24 months, are fully paid and cover a wide range of specialisms within Channel 4’s business – 4Studio; 4Creative; Agency Sales; Strategy & Consumer Insight; Finance; Communications/Pictures; Content Management/Programme Information; and Technology/Cyber Security.

Recruitment will begin on the next cohort of Channel 4 apprenticeships over the coming months, to start in September.

Aspiring Solicitors

Channel 4’s Legal and Compliance department has also partnered with Aspiring Solicitors to offer mentoring and work experience for diverse candidates hoping to pursue a career as a lawyer or compliance advisor in the media sector.

To reflect Channel 4’s commitment to the nations and regions, half of the places have been reserved for people outside of London.