Production Training Scheme:Researcher

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Job Summary

Reference HR0053
Location Positions available across the UK
Salary 20000 
Hours 35 per week
Closing Date 05 June 2017 at Midnight

This role is offered as part of Channel 4's celebrated Production Training Scheme. In 2017/18 we are offering 16 places to diverse entry level talent who want to break into the media industry. This programme is for people who want to make television programmes, for those applicants in working at Channel 4 we advise you take a look at our apprenticeship programme.

The Production Training Scheme is a paid 12 month opportunity based at one of the UK's independent production companies. Roles will be available across the UK, and you will be asked your location preference if you are invited to attend an assessment day at Channel 4. If you are sucessful, as well as working at the independent production company you will receive monthly training at Channel 4 to help you begin to build your career. For more information please visit the 4Talent website by clicking the following link.

Timeline from applications open

  • 2 May Applications open

  • 4 June Applications close

  • 5-16 June Shortlisting

  • 26 June – 4 July Assessment Days

  • 18-27 July Interviews

  • 28 July Offers made

  • 18 September Programme begins



What does a Researcher do?

A researcher helps to underpin a television programme with the best information, contributors and editorial support they can find. They work on everything from generating ideas for programmes to casting for programmes in a shopping mall. 


Who makes a good Researcher?

To be a good researcher you need to be full of ideas and watch a lot of television. You need to know what works on television and who has something interesting to say. Having a curious mind, being able to chat to people with ease and being rigorous with detail are all good qualities in a researcher.



1. Working with the development  & production teams to bring programmes to air

2. Contributing to brainstorms to create ideas suitable for broadcasters

3. Writing briefs for contributors/finding contributors for programmes

4. Researching and verifying information

5. Running/assisting on location shoots/studio shoots



- Passionate about all things in TV, broadcasting and media

- Ability to work well under pressure and deadlines

- A sound knowledge of MS Office (Outlook, Word and Excel)

- Strong editorial eye with creative flair and an attention to detail

- Ability able to multi-task and manage your work load

- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

- Excellent written communication skills and a sound grasp of grammar

- A proactive and enthusiastic approach to work

- Good knowledge of what's going on in the world from current affairs to popular culture and social media


Full Role Description

Further information

Celebrating diversity is at the heart of Channel 4's purpose both on-screen and off-screen. Being different is therefore at our core - and we know that recruiting talent from diverse backgrounds encourages our workforce to be vibrant, creative and think differently. Our goal is also to be truly reflective of the makeup of society and we actively recruit from groups that are under-represented in the media sector. So we welcome difference be it ethnicity, religion, age, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.

We have won awards from Stonewall for our work on screen and in the workplace, we are a member of the Business Disability Forum, and we are signed up as a Disability Confident employer with the Department of Work & Pensions. Channel 4 also won the company National Diversity Award - 2016. At the end of 2016 Channel 4 was awarded the National Equality Standard by EY, the only company ever to be placed at the highest level 'Institutionlised Inclusion'.

We understand that disabled people might have concerns about being discriminated against if they declare their disability when applying for a job. If that's you then don't worry - we will judge you on your abilities and fit against the job description. We are happy to discuss with you any adjustments you need to give you a level playing field during recruitment and then, if you're made an offer, we can then discuss with you the adjustments you might need to get on with the job and develop your career. Furthermore we can offer a guaranteed interview to any disabled applicant who meets the essential skills or experience listed above.

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