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Channel 4 Paralympic Production Training Scheme

May 4, 2023

Channel 4 has launched its Paralympic Production Training Scheme will give 19 disabled people the chance to launch their broadcast careers with 12-month placements at independent production companies across the UK – and some will go on to work on the 2024 Paris Paralympic Games.

Successful applicants will spend a year working as trainee production co-ordinators or as researchers working on sport, entertainment, factual entertainment and factual productions at indies based throughout the UK – Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Chepstow, Glasgow, Leeds, London and Manchester.

Sinead Rocks, Channel 4’s MD, Nations and Regions, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity

to work at the heart of some amazing indies, gain a wealth of experience and learn new skills which could potentially take the trainees into a career they had never envisaged. Identifying and nurturing new talent is one of the most important roles of 4Skills and I’m thrilled so many indies across the UK have teamed up with us to offer these year-long opportunities.”

Channel 4’s Head of Sport Pete Andrews, added: “Sports production is one area where we really need to increase the numbers of disabled people playing key roles behind the camera. This scheme will help to give a much-needed career boost to talented people from all over the UK.”

The five indies which specialise in sport offering posts for trainees are: Buzz 16, Gravity, IMG, Sunset & Vine and Whisper. Other companies offering 12-month long roles for trainees are: Brown Bob Productions, Firecrest Films, Mighty Productions, North One, Open Mike, Outline, Raise the Roof Productions, Red Sauce, True North, Waddell Media, Warner Bros., Worker Bee and 4Creative.

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