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Our belief is that diversity contributes to the fulfilment of our public service remit and to being the best that we can creatively be. We aim to nurture and develop talent within our business and across the media industry in order to work with the most diverse range of people across the UK.

Employment policy

Channel 4 is an equal opportunities employer and does not discriminate on grounds of sex, sexual orientation, marital status, race, colour, ethnic origin, disability, age or political or religious belief in its recruitment or other employment policies. Figures continue to be monitored regularly on all aspects of diversity of employees. The representation of ethnic minorities amongst permanent staff in 2010 was 13% (2009: 12%). Women continue to form the majority of staff at 57% (2009: 55%).

Breaking down barriers to entry

We employ varied strategies in order to break down barriers in our industry, ranging from online and social networking tools and face to face mentoring to structured new entrant programmes. During 2010, our programmes won two external awards - Best Work Experience Provider New Placement Schemes (NCWE), and a Work Inspiration Award (BITC). In the last two years our programmes have engaged with over 2000 young people with face to face activity, with over 50% of participants across the programme coming from a diverse background, above the national average for this type of engagement. These programmes have also delivered hard progression results with 43% of participants gaining further work experience and 17% of over 18 year olds securing employment. See our 4Talent site for more information and how to get involved.

Staff development

We understand that the success of our organisation depends upon recruiting, developing and retaining the best people. In 2010, we expanded our learning and development strategy to link both creative renewal and our business drivers. To support this strategy, we launched a dedicated tool integrating objective setting, personal development planning, 360 degree feedback and learning and development opportunities.

We support development through a range of activities including formal and informal learning, bite size sessions, coaching and mentoring schemes, half and full day training courses and lunchtime and evening events. In 2010, over 550 of our people attended some form of learning and development activity.

Health and wellbeing

We are committed to providing a working environment and practices that promote staff wellbeing and good health, and we aim to give our employees the information they need to help them adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle outside work. An on-site Occupational Health Nurse supports staff in being fit at work through confidential, impartial support and advice. Employees are offered free annual flu vaccinations and mini health checks including blood pressure checks, cholesterol checks, a body mass index and a body impedance test, and advice based on the results.

All staff receive Private Medical Insurance as part of our flexible benefits package and we also provide an Employee Assistance Programme offering 24 hour confidential personal support, counselling and advice. In addition, staff can purchase other benefits such as health screens comprising extensive health tests, a Bike to Work scheme that provides loans for purchasing bicycles, skin screening, breast screening to women under 40 and critical illness insurance. Staff are also provided with a dedicated wellbeing service on our intranet with regular newsletters featuring health and wellbeing tips.