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. 

In addition, each participant is partnered with a senior level mentor from within their company, and receives bespoke training from the Indie Training Fund in areas such as copyright, storytelling and camera operating. The Scheme is supported by some of the top independent production companies in the business. To register your interest in participating in this scheme email: marieclaire@pact.co.uk 

In 2017, PACT will also be running a Glasgow-based indie diversity training scheme and so, to express an interest in taking part in the Scottish Indie Training Scheme, please email: marieclaire@pact.co.uk 


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 directly 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 email Laura Boswell, C4 Talent Specialist via: lboswell@channel4.co.uk 


BBC Schemes – 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 and so, should you have any ideas or suggestions, please feel free to email Claire directly at – 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 email Laura Boswell, C4 Talent Specialist via: lboswell@channel4.co.uk 


Creative Access 

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 contact email - info@creativeaccess.org.uk  or call 020 7157 6673


Creative England Crew

Creative England have 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 our extensive and ever-growing database. You will need to complete a short registration form for access. The information collected enables us to track production across the English regions and deliver this service free of charge. 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: production@creativeengland.co.uk or call 0208 324 2311. And to register on the database visit: http://live.moviesite.biz/clients/CreativeEngland2/login.php


Edinburgh International TV Festival, Ones To Watch 

The Ones to Watch scheme offer 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 TV Festival in August. The scheme also offers support and mentoring sessions throughout the year with industry professionals and so, if you would like to sign up to mentor a candidate, please email Holly Close via: holly.close@thetvfestival.com


Edinburgh International TV Festival, The Network

The Edinburgh International TV Festival also runs a follow-up scheme called The Network, which aims to help place Network participants in those all-important first industry jobs. For Indies, we can recommend applicants from our diverse pool of Networkers, to help you find ideal candidates for entry-level roles. There’s no cost to your company – all we ask is that the roles we advertise are paid. 
To discuss opportunities for your company to take part in this scheme, please email Holly Close via: holly.close@thetvfestival.com



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. We 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 emailing info@intermediauk.org and we will be in touch with more information. Intermedia also organise mentoring schemes, to sign up to be a mentor, register here - http://www.intermediauk.org/be-a-mentor/  


Sheffield Doc Festival, 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 email - marketplace@sidf.co.uk 


think BIGGER! 

thinkBIGGER! is a training and consultancy company at the forefront of delivering diverse talent. We 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. We 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. We 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. We 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 email - enquiries@thinkbigger.uk.com 


Writers Slam

Writers Slam is an initiative ran by the Triforce Creative Network which seeks to find 5 new, diverse writers who will have their work showcased in front of an industry panel, with representatives from the BBC, Channel 4, Sky in addition to winning a paid development commission from TriForce Productions, culminating in an industry table read in Spring 2017 supported by Sky Drama.  

The runner up will receive a guaranteed place on the BBC’s Introduction to Continuing Drama workshop – an invite-only workshop for writer’s hoping to write for the BBC’s award winning continuing dramas; Holby City, Casualty, Doctors and Eastenders. For Indies wishing to support the writers with mentoring and development sessions, please email Minnie Ayres, Chief Operating Officer of The Triforce Creative Network via: minnie@thetcn.com