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Channel 4 Creating 15,000 Broadcasting Opportunities For Young People In The UK

23 Nov 2021

Channel 4 Creating 15,000 Broadcasting Opportunities For Young People In The UK

4Skills, the careers arm of Channel 4, is creating 15,000 broadcasting opportunities for young people in the United Kingdom.

Starting next year, 4Skills will create thousands of apprenticeships, internships and jobs - along with training, development and learning opportunities - in an effort to get young people from disadvantaged communities interested in working in broadcasting.

4Skills will work with over 12,000 school pupils aged 11 to 14 and will offer around 500 work experience opportunities.

There will also be 3,000 progression opportunities which will consist of bursaries, fast track schemes, mentoring and training courses.

In addition, 4Skills will create 200 paid roles for apprentices, interns and production trainees. All of those 200 positions will be entry level jobs for young people across the nation.

It is hoped that the scheme will help uncover potential talented script writers, producers, directors and other broadcasting experts who might not otherwise have the opportunity due to their background.

Launching the new initiative for 2022, Channel 4’s Nations and Regions’ Managing Director, Sinead Rocks, said: “4Skills will have a long-term and lasting impact on learning and skills provision for young people across the country and ultimately it is the audience that will benefit.”

“The people that we train, develop and work with will contribute their own diversity of opinion and life experience to programme making, resulting in content that better reflects the whole of the UK,” added Ms Rocks.

Alex Mahon, Chief Executive of Channel 4, also commented, saying: “Everyone should have an equal chance to follow their dreams and have a job in the creative industries. It shouldn’t be about having certain qualifications but about passion and potential.”

“We’re going to supercharge our efforts to build a more inclusive workforce. It’s not just about making people more equal. It’s about tapping into that giant pool of talent that’s out there and getting a more mixed team.”

“Channel 4 has always been the broadcaster for young people, especially those who don’t get heard or have access to opportunities because of where they live or their upbringing. For us, none of that matters. There is no reason why a future Chief Executive of Channel 4, or any broadcaster for that matter, can’t have started their career through 4Skills,” said Ms Mahon.

You can find out lots more about all of the opportunities on offer, as well as learning more about the broadcasting industry and Channel 4, by visiting the 4Skills website.

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