Apprenticeships & Early Career Manager (Leeds)

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Job Summary

Reference HR0107
Location National HQ - Leeds City Centre
Salary Competitive 
Hours 37 per week
Closing Date 15 January 2020 at Midnight

Title   Apprenticeships and Early Career Manager (Leeds)

Location   National HQ, Leeds (the role includes travel to the other C4 locations when required)

Department   Human Resources

What we do
In October 2019, as part of C4’s ‘4All the UK’ strategy, we opened a new national HQ in Leeds and a Creative Hub in both Bristol and Glasgow.  The new locations house C4 staff alongside the existing London HQ and Manchester office. 
4Talent is a series of programmes, schemes and events which is instrumental in delivering our grassroots and entry level schemes, providing youth outreach opportunities and helping the TV and production industries across the UK to find and develop diverse new talent. 
The wider HR function supports the 3 business areas within the channel (Creative, Commercial, Operations) and the 4Talent team works with each of these areas across all C4 locations by creating and delivering programmes that focus on early careers and helping people get the information and skills needed to find work in the media industry.

What you’ll do

At its core, this role will lead the design and delivery of C4’s early career and youth outreach programmes (4Talent) with a national remit to support talent and skills development at both C4 and in the wider TV industry.

You’ll need to come with a flexible approach, as during this period of historic change for C4 when we execute the ‘4 All the UK’ strategy, you’ll need to be able to adapt to changing priorities and be comfortable working with an organisation going through change.  

The role will require a person comfortable engaging with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders (including the UK independent Production sector), and who is comfortable working on projects from inception to execution.

You’ll need extensive experience of working on a variety of high-profile early career programmes, youth outreach and events, and of managing budgets.  You’ll constantly be looking to evaluate the 4Talent offering, taking feedback from the business, partners, external experts and attendees and using data to drive your insights and strategy.

Key Responsibilities

• Lead the development and implementation of the C4 early career talent schemes and activity across the UK. 
• Build strong relationships both at a local level and with key national stakeholders (including Screen Skills, PACT, Edinburgh TV Festival, Creative and Cultural Skills, National Apprenticeship Service)
• Take ownership of the C4 apprenticeship programme, ensuring the high standard of attraction, recruitment, delivery and support is successfully repeated across all C4 locations
• Lead C4’s entry level industry talent programmes, working closely with the UK’s independent television sector to ensure programmes are successful in supporting the industry to attract and retain more diverse talent
• Develop and deliver an annual UK-wide outreach programme, which will engage a large number of diverse young people across the UK
• Managing the relevant budgets and Apprenticeship Levy, ensuring funding is maximised to offer the appropriate depth and breadth of opportunities for young people across the UK
• Collaborate with multiple departments across C4 to develop an ambitious strategy and targets for the engagement of young people in the 4Talent programmes
• Ensure that the 4Talent team delivers a high standard of programme delivery and that the best possible pastoral support is given to C4 apprentices and trainees
• Manage relationships with key training and outreach providers (including multiple apprenticeship providers) ensuring programmes are delivered to the highest possible standard and desired outcomes are met
• Represent C4 in the new talent / early career space, including leading on creating new apprenticeships for the television industry and ensuring the needs of the creative industry are considered in policy debate and change. 

Essential Experience & Skills you’ll definitely need

• Proven experience of working with the UK television/independent production sector
• Proven experience of developing and delivering early career programmes
• Proven experience of being responsible for Apprenticeship programmes
• Experience of both operational & strategic planning and delivery
• Experience and understanding of the wider skills agenda
• A strong understanding of the Apprenticeship Levy
• Demonstrable experience in developing and managing partnerships with third party providers
• Excellent networking skills and the ability to develop and grow sustainable relationships both internally and externally
• Proven ability to build effective and collaborative cross-functional working relationships and communicate effectively with stakeholders
• Experience of delivering results in a fast-paced organisation going through a period of change
• Demonstrates high levels of empathy
• Has a strong track record of delivering inclusive solutions in terms of early career programmes
• Able to work with minimum supervision taking personal responsibility and ownership of tasks
• Is a self-starter with excellent organisational ability, time management and project management skills
• Is creative and takes an innovative approach to owning and resolving complex problems and issues

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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