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Work Experience

Work Experience

If it’s your dream to work in TV, this is your chance to experience it for real. We have 60 places available to anyone aged over 18 who can show us they have a real passion for our industry. Hands-on experience and the opportunity to gain an insight into how we work await those who are successful.

Here’s how it works:

Day 1

Day one kicks off with an induction with 4Talent and useful office survival guide.

Day 2-4

Days two, three and four will give you the inside track on what it’s like to work for one of the many departments that keep us up and running. You’ll also get to work on your very own brief so you’ll have something meaningful to flesh out your CV.

Day 5

Day five you’ll share what you’ve learned with the rest of the work experience crew. The people who sit in the interviewer’s chair will share with you what they’d like to hear from you – whether it’s on your application form or during an interview.You will then wrap up any last minute work with your departments and say your thanks and goodbyes! 

In 2018 4Talent will be offering Work Experience placements in both London and Manchester.

In January we kicked off with a Work Experience Day at our Manchester Office! Our Manchester office is home to part of our award-winning Sales team ‘4Sales’ and we invited 20 of you to see exactly what they do and find out about the different types of opportunities and careers available in advertising sales.

Towards the end of 2018 we’ll be taking on two cohorts of Work Experience:

1st - 5th October 2018

3rd - 7th December 2018

For our October cohort we will be inviting around 20 of you into the Channel 4 London office to experience a week with one Channel 4 departments. We will be offering work experience in the following departments, (make sure to read through these carefully as you will have to specify your top two choices of departments on your application and why!):

  • Commissioning - Factual Entertainment

Channel 4 Factual Entertainment is home to a wide range of award-winning and ground-breaking constructed reality, popular documentaries, and factual features shows including The Island with Bear Grylls, The Great British Bake Off, The Undateables, Gogglebox, Child Genius, Travel Man, and Naked Attraction.

  • Commissioning - Creative Diversity

The Creative Diversity team spearhead Channel 4’s Diversity Charter, which launched in January 2015, puts a commitment to diversity at the heart of everything that we do, both on and off screen. We work with diverse, new and emergent companies – focussing on creative diversity of supply, both regionally and culturally. The team is embedded within creative commissioning and works across all genres and platforms. We commission developments and pilots in partnership with genre commissioning editors to bring talent into the system and make their early work more likely to be taken forward into full production.

  • Technology

The Technology department is charged with establishing, monitoring and maintaining information technology systems and services to support the ongoing growth and success of Channel 4. The department supports the audience facing products and services on both TV and via digital channels and mobile applications and also provides the central systems that enable business users to carry out their roles efficiently, productively and securely every day.

  • Workspace

Our Workspace team look after all the facilities and services within the Channel 4 headquarters building in Victoria.  The department provides and manages services such as security, engineering, reception, cleaning, helpdesk, postroom and events.  We’d like someone to assist us in our events team and also our Support Assistants team who manage the office floors and postroom services. 

  • Catering

Catering is the department responsible for providing food services to Channel 4 staff and visitors.  We look for highly motivated and engaging team members who love people and food above all . 

  • 4Talent

4Talent's role is to support people like you to build great futures in the media industry. People from different backgrounds and walks of life. People at different stages of their careers. People who want to be part of our evolving multi-platform business. This is an opportunity to support other people with career development as they enter the industry.

  • Film4

Film4 is Channel 4 Television’s feature film division. Film4 develops and co-finances films and is known for working with the most distinctive and innovative talent in UK and international filmmaking, both new and established. Film4 has developed and co-financed many of the most successful UK films of recent years, Academy Award®-winners such as Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, Asif Kapadia’s box office record breaking documentary Amy, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire and Phyllida Lloyd’s The Iron Lady.

  • Media Planning

The Media Planning team are under the C4 Marketing umbrella and our role is to manage the Channel 4 Portfolio’s on-air promotional strategy and allocation of airtime across the 4Network via trailers and continuity. We are responsible for all strategic planning and implementation and also airtime data analysis for our on air campaigns . Essentially, we ensure the target audience see the right promotional message at the right time in order to convert them to watch our programmes.

  • Corporate Legal

The Corporate Legal Department at C4 is responsible for negotiating and contracting deals for all non-programme related areas (so excluding Commissioning and Acquisitions) including Corporate, Commercial & Business Development, IT, Procurement, Corporate Services, Audience, Technology and Insight, 4 Creative and Strategy. The Corporate Legal Department comprises 4 lawyers together with support staff. 

Channel 4’s Legal & Compliance team plays a key role in enabling our producers to make and broadcast the most challenging and creative programmes and online content. This award winning team is at the forefront of advising and defending Channel 4’s unique brand of programmes - from undercover investigations, to campaigning consumer journalism, to award winning documentaries and cutting-edge comedy across our portfolio of channel and platforms. We also work on lobbying on both legal and regulatory issues affecting our content, as well as training our producers and commissioners.

  • Press

Press & Publicity are responsible for generating and shaping coverage of Channel 4’s programmes and content, our talent, corporate reputation, corporate and commercial initiatives and partnerships, our executives and our performance with all external media – including newspapers, digital media, TV and radio, magazines and specialist ‘trade’ media. We work closely with our colleagues in the marketing, social media, 4Creative and Corporate Relations teams to make sure that we have the biggest and most impactful campaigns possible.

  • Continuity

The Continuity team at Channel 4 works across its five channel brands - Channel 4, E4, More 4 Film 4 and 4seven and inputs into All 4. We’re a key part of the Marketing department, tasked with extending the reach of trail campaigns, delivering continuity-only promotion and voicing content advice for the Legal team. We deliver live and recorded continuity all day every day. Continuity announcers write their own scripts and work solo for much of their on-air time so a lot of trust is placed in them.

  • Sales Manchester office

The team responsible for generating revenue for the Channel, this includes selling airtime to brands, sponsorship deals, commercial development and digital campaigns. 4Sales' is an industry leading team with a reputation for innovative, creative solutions including holistic brand partnerships working with Channel 4 talent and programme brands – and access to Channel 4's unique audience insight and first party viewer data.

  • Sales - Partnerships Team

The Partnerships Team in Sales is responsible for selling Broadcast Sponsorship, Advertiser Funded Programmes, Short Form Content and Product Placement to agencies and advertisers, providing a major source of income to the channel. These are innovative and creative ways of working with brands to target our audiences.     

  • Sales -   Digital Team

The digital team maximise commercial revenue through selling and managing online campaigns on its digital platforms and products, which includes Video On Demand through All 4.The department is required to deliver exceptional levels of service in both Sales and Operations to our customers, in addition to conceiving and executing innovative methods of creating value through systems, working practices and new trading opportunities. This level of service is to be attributed to all channels and platforms across our portfolio.

  • Audience Research & Insight

This team is responsible for providing research to support the commissioning, scheduling, marketing, corporate and press teams. They also analyse and report on the performance of All 4 as well as commission future facing projects to keep abreast of the latest developments and trends within the TV landscape.    

  • Acquisitions

This team source content and maintain relationships with the TV market, as well as negotiate and manage the acquisition of the best international TV to supplement our commissions across the portfolio of Channel 4 channels.

  • Corporate Relations

Corporate Relations is responsible for managing all the channel’s relations with the Government, Parliament, regulators and other stakeholders in the political and corporate worlds. We seek to ensure that any decisions taken by the Government, Parliament or the regulator are in the best interest of Channel 4. We also keep the above groups informed about Channel 4 programmes and hold events.

  • Channel Management

Channel Management is responsible for the scheduling of each of the family of channels including CH4, E4, M4, Film4 and 4Seven. Each channel has a dedicated Channel Manager supported by a scheduler who work closely with the Chief Creative Officer and commissioners to ensure the delivery of programmes to the schedule within budget.

  • Content Management 

The department is responsible for supporting content delivery across the portfolio: linear, non-linear and listings services.  We support live/special events (both editorial and commercial), platform/content launches and the management of access services. The department is business critical and needs to meet the changing business demands.

Applications are now open. Click here to apply. 

We'll then be offering something a little different in December for those 16 years old and over, so instead of spending the week with a specific department you will spend the week with 4Talent learning all about jobs in the media, how to create a brilliant CV and tips and tricks to starting your career in the media! You will also hear from departments across Channel 4 and learn what they do, as well as have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the industry or your future. Applications for this cohort will open on the 15th October 2018.

If you are interested in applying for any of the above cohorts you can register your interest on our calendar page to be notified when applications go live.

If you have any questions regarding eligibility, email us at 4Talent@channel4.co.uk

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