Joe Lycett, Rumpus Media and Channel 4 have announced the return of the Trainee Programme on the second series of Late Night Lycett, which returns this spring.

The scheme opens for applications today  and offers paid production trainee roles to individuals over the age of 19 from all backgrounds who live in the areas of Birmingham, Coventry and the West Midlands.

Lycett returns to broadcasting live from his hometown of Birmingham for six weeks with his Friday night show this spring.

Following the phenomenal response to the first scheme which attracted more than 1,000 applications, Rumpus Media and Channel 4’s training and development arm 4SKills are looking for “bright and ambitious” new talent to join the Late Night Lycett production scheme ahead of the series launch. Applicants need no previous experience or special qualifications. The scheme is funded by 4Skills and is also supported by Create Central, Solihull College, Film Birmingham and Rumpus Media.

The first trainee scheme, running through production of the debut series of Late Night Lycett last year, resulted in 26 trainees.

It saw a combination of roles created across the production on full-time and part-time bases, including four full-time roles placed in the production and editorial teams across a six-week period, with other part time roles provided across the camera, sound and art departments. There were also a number of runners who assisted in their chosen departments for a day.

Following completion of the scheme a number of trainees went on to take up roles in other Midlands based TV programmes. In addition, all trainees have been invited to return to work on series two of Late Night Lycett.

Applications for the scheme are open until Friday 2nd February 2024 with the application form available here.

Joe Lycett said: “I loved many things about the first series of Late Night Lycett, but this trainee scheme was my absolute favourite part of it. I love Birmingham and I love Brummies, so to see so many of them go on to further work in the industry makes me extraordinarily happy, and I can’t wait to do it all again this spring.”

Emily Hudd, Executive Producer of Late Night Lycett said: “Our talented trainees from series one were a brilliant cohort who all had a meaningful impact on the show; bringing a wealth of ideas and enthusiasm to the party that is Late Night Lycett. Many have gone on to take on other roles in the industry and work on Midlands-based productions. We’re thrilled that the success of last year’s scheme means we can offer a new group of trainees the opportunity to work on the show.”

Kevin Blacoe, Channel 4’s Head of Partnerships & Skills, said: “The Late Night Lycett’s development scheme offers brilliant opportunities for people in Birmingham to break into the broadcast industry regardless of their background and 4Skills is proud to provide the bulk of the funding to support this programme.”

Ed Shedd, Chair of Create Central, said “As a big fan of the first series, I am thrilled that Create Central was able to support Rumpus Media with bespoke training for new entrants to the industry on Late Night Lycett at The Bond in Digbeth. We are excited to further support trainees with a networking event for the West Midlands creative community to meet the great local talent.”

Sophie Jolly, Creative Bootcamp Manager at Solihull College & University Centre, said: “Our partnership with the acclaimed series Late Night Lycett is an exciting venture to empower individuals in their pursuit of a career in television production. Our training programme is designed to equip aspiring talent with essential skills and the confidence to succeed in the expanding local television industry. We’re fully committed to supporting and nurturing their journey to supercharge their career.”

Late Night Lycett is a co-production between Rumpus Media and My Options Were Limited, commissioned by Phil Harris, Channel 4 Head of Entertainment, alongside Steven Handley and Tom Beck, Channel 4 Commissioning Editors.

Jon Creamer

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