Taking part in an industry training scheme can be an effective way to recruit a diverse range of apprentices and get your company seen.
Here are some of the industry schemes taking place across the UK, that your company could participate in to gain access to a broader range of diverse talent:
Pact Indie Diversity Training Scheme
The Indie Diversity Training Scheme is a unique opportunity aimed specifically at entry-level diverse talent (both graduates and non-graduates). Trainees undertake a six-month placement with an independent production company, allowing them to develop their talents in a thriving business environment. Find out more here.
Throughout the year, 4Talent run a variety of programmes to help those wanting to kick-start their career in the media industry and to support those who may wish to change business areas within TV. The regional Pop Up Events which take place across the UK, are a great way for Indies to meet with young, diverse talent and to explain what it’s really like to work in TV. If you’d like to attend one of the regional Pop Up events, or take part in one of the panel discussions, please e-mail Channel4 Talent Specialist. Laura Boswell - email@example.com.
The BBC do not currently run any schemes with Indies. However, Claire Paul who is the BBC Head of New Talent welcomes any conversation to collaborate with Indies going forward. Should you have any ideas or suggestions, please feel free to e-mail Claire directly - Claire.Paul@bbc.co.uk.
C4 Production Trainee Scheme
Channel 4's highly successful Production Training Scheme offers a paid 12 month contract to junior researchers and coordinators at a variety of television productions companies working across Drama, Factual and Comedy content. To sign your Company up to take part in the Production Training Scheme, please e-mail Channel 4 Talent Specialist, Laura Boswell - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creative Access provides opportunities for paid internships in the creative industries for talented young people from under-represented black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, with a view to improving their chances of securing full-time jobs and, in the longer term, increasing diversity and addressing the current imbalance in the sector. To become a media partner please e-mail email@example.com or call 020 7157 6673.
Creative England Crew
Creative England has created a national database which lists thousands of crew and facility companies based outside of Greater London. From runners to riggers, honey wagons to hairdressers, caterers to camera operators, the service puts productions in touch with people working in every English region across all genres of production. To find crew or facilities, search the extensive and ever-growing database (you will need to complete a short registration form for access). If you can't find what you're looking for, the Production Services team can provide comprehensive support and specialist local expertise, liaising with regional and national partners. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0208 324 2311. To register on the database click here.
Edinburgh International Television Festival - Ones To Watch
The Ones to Watch scheme offers 30 free places to the rising stars of the TV industry, giving television’s best and brightest access to four days of inspiring sessions, creative debate and unrivalled networking opportunities at the Edinburgh International Television Festival in August. The scheme also offers support and mentoring sessions throughout the year with industry professionals. If you would like to sign up to mentor a candidate, please email Holly Close - email@example.com.
Edinburgh International Television Festival - The Network at Work
The Network at Work builds on the success of The Network by supporting its most talented delegates with the next step of their career, and gaining those all important first jobs in TV. For Indies, they can recommend applicants from their diverse pool of Networkers, to help you find ideal candidates for entry-level roles. There’s no cost to your company – all the Festival asks is that the roles to be advertised are paid. To discuss opportunities for your company to take part in this scheme, please e-mail Holly Close - firstname.lastname@example.org.
InterMediaUK was set up by Creative Skillset’s LGBT employee group and Stonewall in 2012. It is an LGBT network group for people working across the media spectrum. Currently there are members from TV, film, publishing, advertising and computing. They are always looking for new representatives to join the Steering Committee. If you are keen to find out more, why not get in touch by e-mailing email@example.com and they will be in touch with more information. Intermedia also organise mentoring schemes, which you can find out more about and sign up to be a mentor on here.
Sheffield DocFest - Doc Next
Doc Next is a year-long training initiative for non-fiction directors, producers, line producers, editors and DOPs across all platforms looking to take the next step in their careers. To express an interest in supporting this initiative by mentoring a trainee please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
ThinkBIGGER! is a training and consultancy company at the forefront of delivering diverse talent. They have managed Channel 4's Production Training Scheme for the past nine years, which has produced industry talent such as Marvyn Benoit (Sky Commissioner), Jordan Hogg (Director, Coronation Street) and Hass Mosa (now Head of Content and Strategy, Endemol Shine Beyond) amongst many others. They have worked with the CDN on delivering the Commissioner Development Programme and Northern Lights, which promoted the careers of BAME and disabled talent in the North. They also managed Channel 4's £500k search for disabled talent in front of the camera for the Bafta-award winning coverage of the 2012 London Paralympic Games. They manage diverse talent and consult on recruiting for diversity, most recently for the Hollyoaks Script Editor's Scheme, Channel 4's hugely successful WLTM evenings and Writers' Cramp, part of the High End Drama Television scheme to promote disabled writers and scripted editors in the industry. To express an interest in participating in any of the programmes, please e-mail - email@example.com.
WriterSlam is an initiative run by the Triforce Creative Network which seeks to find five new diverse writers who will have their work showcased in front of an industry panel. For Indies wishing to support the writers with mentoring and development sessions, please e-mail Minnie Ayres, Chief Operating Officer of The Triforce Creative Network - firstname.lastname@example.org.