Channel 4 today announces the Channel 4 Graduate Programme, which will offer graduate students hands on experience at the centre of the organisation whilst bolstering their CV with a Skillset Creative Media Leadership MA. The pilot programme opens for applicants in July 2012.
Three successful applicants will work within either the channel's Marketing & Communications department or Audience Technologies & Insight department for 20 months, gaining valuable experience within these business areas as well as a wider view of Channel 4 and the UK media industry.
In addition, successful applicants will have the opportunity to earn a post graduate qualification from Skillset in Creative Media Leadership, this will include modules in Media Strategy and Intellectual Property and Monetisation. To fulfil the MA, participants will complete a live Channel 4 project within their department.
Each Graduate will be assigned a member of the Channel 4 Executive team as a mentor who will guide them through the programme and further development their leadership qualities. Coaching will be provided by Rosie Ranganathan, Head of HR.
The Graduate Programme supports Channel 4's commitment to pushing the UK media industry to the forefront of the global industry by nurturing the leaders of tomorrow, ensuring they are equipped with the necessary skills and experience for success.
Channel 4 is committed to diversity of supply and as well as arming graduates with the tools needed to succeed in the media industry the programme will provide Channel 4 with fresh ideas from the rising stars of the television industry.
The Graduate Programme compliments Channel 4's existing schemes which include apprenticeships, internships, the Production Trainee Scheme and the Investigative Journalism Scheme.
Diane Herbert, Channel 4 Director of HR said: "Our initiatives help build careers for people passionate about working in the media industry regardless of experience or background. We're incredibly focussed on offering opportunities for people at different stages of their career, from all walks of life and truly reflecting the diversity of today's Britain within the Channel."
Gill Whitehead, Channel 4 Director of Audience Technologies and Insight said: "AT&I's team of analysts are leveraging big data to deeply understand our viewers in a world where TV viewing devices are digitally connected. The skills necessary are in very high demand and we want to nurture a new generation of talent, helping graduates develop highly sought after analytical skills, and applying them to the broadcast sector in a way that has never been done before."
Dan Brooke, Channel 4 Director of Marketing and Communications said: "Channel 4's award-winning Marketing and Communications department is top of the class for edgy, creative communications. The graduate scheme is a first class opportunity to learn from the people who make it all happen."