Channel 4 has opened applications for its Production Training Scheme, offering 13 fully paid placements with unscripted indies across the UK.

The Channel 4 Production Training Scheme aims to nurture new and under-represented talent and provide them an opportunity to break into the industry. Trainees will work in paid, full-time roles for independent production companies for 12 months alongside support and training delivered by the channel’s training partner thinkBigger!.

Candidates will be earning a salary of £24,000 a year for trainees in the Nations and Regions, funded by 4Skills and the indie partner.

Starting in September, this is first time the scheme has opened a trainee position in the North East of England with a placement available in Middlesbrough. Other locations offering either production coordinator or researcher roles include Belfast, Birmingham, Caernarfon, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and Wrexham.

Full list of placements and roles include:

Waddell – Production Coordinator – Belfast
Stellify – Production Coordinator – Belfast
Spun Gold – Researcher – Birmingham
Cwmni Da – Researcher – Caernarfon
Yeti – Researcher – Cardiff
Wildflame – Researcher – Cardiff
Firecrest – Researcher & Production Coordinator – Glasgow
Raise the Roof – Researcher – Glasgow
True North – Researcher – Leeds
Studio Lambert – Researcher – Manchester
Wander Films – Production Coordinator – Middlesbrough
Ty’r Ddraig – Researcher – Wrexham

Kevin Blacoe, Channel 4’s Head of Partnerships & Skills, Nations & Regions says: “One of Channel 4’s key priorities is to seek out and nurture talent across the UK. Breaking into the television industry can be extremely challenging and our Production Training Scheme aims to reduce that difficulty by helping entry-level talent land their first industry job. We’ve partnered with some incredible production companies across the UK to offer paid roles, providing trainees with new skills, experience and knowledge that they can apply throughout their career.”

Nicole Kleeman, Managing Director, Firecrest Films says: “Firecrest is delighted to partner again with Channel 4 on this important scheme. Over the last seven years we’ve seen at first hand how valuable the C4 Production Training Scheme has been in identifying the best emerging talent in Scotland and giving them the skills to flourish. We’re delighted to be taking part once again.”

The initiative is one of many projects being supported by 4Skills, which provided more than 57,000 learning, training or development opportunities in 2023.

The deadline for applications is 22 April and the scheme launches on 16 September. For more information, visit:


Pippa Considine

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