19 disabled people will have the chance to begin their careers in television with Channel 4, as the broadcaster launches a new year-long Paralympic Production training scheme.
Successful applicants will work within entertainment, factual, factual entertainment and sport, with some candidates getting the chance to work on the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.
The training scheme will begin with a week-long bootcamp, where trainees will hear from previous scholars as well as Commissioning Editors, to get a taste of what it takes to be in the industry. After this, their TV careers will officially begin, as they enter a 12-month paid scheme as a trainee researcher or trainee production coordinator.
Companies taking part in this year’s scheme include IMG, Sunset & Vine, Whisper, Firecrest Films, Mighty Productions, North One, Warner Bros., and 4Creative.
Pete Andrews, Channel 4’s Head of Sport, says: “Sports production is one area where we really need to increase the numbers of disabled people playing key roles behind the camera. This scheme will help to give a much-needed career boost to talented people from all over the UK.”
Sinead Rocks, Channel 4’s MD, Nations and Regions, says: “This is a wonderful opportunity to work at the heart of some amazing indies, gain a wealth of experience and learn new skills which could potentially take the trainees into a career they had never envisaged.
“Identifying and nurturing new talent is one of the most important roles of 4Skills and I’m thrilled so many indies across the UK have teamed up with us to offer these year-long opportunities.”
Applications are open until 28 May 2023, with the scheme starting on 18 September 2023. Apply here.