What is the Production Training Scheme?
The Channel 4 Production Training Scheme provides amazing opportunities for people to take their first steps into TV production.
We will be offering places to 14 individuals to work as a researcher with independent production companies on a year-long contract. As a researcher, you’ll be involved with all different aspects of TV development and production, and you’ll also be given world class training and support alongside.
There are opportunities available across the UK – in Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff and North Wales, Belfast and Glasgow.
We are looking for people with a passion for television and bags of enthusiasm. You’ll need to live and breathe all things TV!
The scheme aims to offer opportunities to those currently underrepresented in the TV industry, so we are particularly keen to hear from disabled people, people who come from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background and anyone from lower socio-economic groups who are from or currently living/working in the locations listed above.
This is an entry level scheme so is aimed at those with less than 3 months experience in the TV industry. You will need to be aged 18+ when the scheme begins in May 2021 to apply, there is no upper age limit. You can apply if you hold a degree, but you must have completed your education when the scheme begins as this is a full-time opportunity.
A good researcher watches a lot of television, is interested in people and can build good relationships. They have a keen eye for detail and are able to acquire an in- depth knowledge of any subject they are tasked with. They are persuasive and demonstrate tenacity to get the job done.
Researcher Personal Specification
Essential criteria for a good candidate:
- Enthusiasm for content whether it be factual, factual entertainment or entertainment (known in the industry as unscripted)
- Watches a wide variety of current television programmes
- Desire to build a career in television
- Good organisational and time management skills
- Competent across a range of IT software including MS Office and Outlook
- Ability to work in pressurised environments
- Ability to work in a team
- Comfortable with working with a wide range of people
- Good communication skills including writing and presenting brief
- Proactive and enthusiastic approach to working
- Ability to generate ideas
- Good general knowledge and interest in what is going on around them
We welcome applications from Welsh speakers
Which independent production companies could I be working with?
Find out about the production companies in Cardiff and North Wales we have places available with below.
Yeti is a Cardiff-based independent production company. We make award-winning television from high-end landmark specialist factual through to popular-factual formats for all the major broadcasters. We love to shine a light on the people, places & stories you don’t often see and we weave rich factual content into all our content. Previous productions include World’s Tiniest Masterpieces (Channel 4), Sylvia Plath: Inside the Bell Jar (BBC2), The Wedding Guru (BBC1) and Charles: 50 Years a Prince (ITV1) and ). Current productions include Grace Kelly: The Missing Millions (Channel 5), My Life: Big Dance Adventure (CBBC) and Find it Fix it Flog it (Channel 4).
Chwarel, North Wales
Based on the Lleyn Peninsula in North Wales – Chwarel is one of Channel 4’s Emerging Indies 2021. It’s been earmarked as a company to watch, and was awarded the accolade to enable it to develop more groundbreaking formats for the channel following the spectacular success of ‘The Great House Giveaway’. The series ended up attracting over a million viewers per episode, and has now been awarded a second and third series. 10 of those programmes will be transmitted in peak. Founded by ex-Newsnight journalist Sioned Wyn, Chwarel has proved itself to be a reliable supplier of documentaries and entertainment formats for BBC, S4C and C4. We have a robust in-house training scheme and absolutely welcome any opportunity to welcome new recruits into our industry. We are situated in Welsh speaking Wales – so applications from Welsh speakers are especially welcome.
- Applications close: 29th January
- Shortlisting: by 12th February
- Assessment days: week commencing 22nd February
- Shortlisting and company interviews: March
- Offers made: by 9th April
- Bootcamp and trainee contracts start: 10th May
- Trainees start at companies: 17th May
Join a Channel 4 virtual workshop to find out more about the Production Training Scheme, what makes a great candidate, and how to take your first steps into TV.
In the workshop you’ll hear from former Channel 4 trainees who are now working to create great television, as well as from the independent production companies themselves, and you’ll have the opportunity to ask them questions.
Alternative Application Formats
If you are unable to complete a written application form, we want to make the process of applying for one of our opportunities right for you as an individual. If needed, we are happy to consider alternative formats of the application form.
For example, you could arrange a phone call with 4Skills for you to speak your answers and a member of the team can scribe, or if you’d like to create a five minute YouTube video/ voice recording, these are also options available. If you have a different alternative, we really welcome your suggestions to ensure you have a fair chance of applying.
Take a look at our access page for more information, which you’ll find by clicking here. If you would like to apply for an opportunity at 4Skills and we can help to make that process simpler for you, please email us at 4Skills@channel4.co.uk
To complete your application please provide a response to the below application questions, you can upload your response to the application questions as an attachment when submitting your application. This can be attached to your application as a PDF or Word document.
- Please outline how you meet the “Essential Experience & Skills” outlined in the Job Description? (Max 500 words)
- Looking at the website for the independent production company you could work with on this scheme – please choose a recent programme they have made and tell us why you like it and what would make you want to work on it? (Max 300 words)
- Channel 4 is always looking to make television more inclusive. Using your own experience, how would you influence diversity and inclusion in TV production? (Max 300 words)
- The job description has provided information about what a researcher does (more information can be found here - https://www.screenskills.com/careers/job-profiles/unscripted-tv/editorial/researcher/) Using examples from lived experiences, education or what you do in your free time (TikTok and Snapchat productions can be included), explain how your current skill set would make you a good fit for this role? (Max 300 words)
- Tell us about a team project you have worked on (could be professional, academic or personal) including; how it was organised, how you managed your time and how you worked with the other team members? (Max 300 words)
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