Rad trainee scheme launched for next generation of diverse TV Talent

Nine Scottish production companies are to host a trainee researcher from an under-represented background in move to tackle lack of diversity in television sector.

Today TRC Media announced the production companies taking part inrad’ – a new training programme for diverse talent looking to start a career in the television industry. The traineeship is aimed at groups who are typically under-represented in the TV industry: those either with a disability, from black, Asian or ethnic minority communities or from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Candidates must be over 18, but there is no upper age limit, meaning that it is open to those considering a career change or returning to work.

The independent production companies taking part in the programme are:

IWC Media

Hopscotch Films

Matchlight

Raise the Roof Productions

BBC Studios Pacific Quay Productions

Blazing Griffin

Firecracker Scotland

Mentorn

Two Rivers Media

The programme is funded by BBC, Channel 4, Scottish Enterprise, Creative Scotland and Scottish Government’s Workplace Equality Fund. ‘Rad’ offers a ten-month paid placement as a TV researcher within a Scottish production company and monthly training sessions at TRC’s Glasgow offices, giving the trainee the kick-start they need to begin their careers in television.

There are eight trainee positions available. Training will also be provided for the host companies, focusing on developing and sustaining equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Margaret Scott and Claire Scally, joint MDs of TRC said,

“We’ve worked closely with production companies, broadcasters, our funding partners and a wide range of organisations promoting inclusivity to devise and deliver what we feel is a very important programme for the production sector in Scotland. We are hugely excited to launch the first edition of rad and to promote our industry far and wide to a new generation of top TV talent.”

David Smith, MD of Matchlight, one of the production companies taking part in the scheme, and National Director for PACT said,

"TV in Scotland is doing well and 2019 promises to be a boom year. The new BBC Scotland channel, the support for the sector from the Scottish Government and Channel 4's recent news that it is opening a Creative Hub in Glasgow will all mean more jobs."

"Getting new, creative people into those jobs is vital to our continued development and if we are to make programmes that truly represent the modern Scotland those people have to come from every community. ‘Rad’ is a great way for us to work with TRC to develop new talent."

Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills Jamie Hepburn said,

“The Scottish Government recognises the importance of increasing employment rates and tackling workplace inequalities for specific groups. We want the same employment opportunities for all so that everyone, irrespective of gender, race or disability, has the opportunity to fulfil their potential and improve Scotland’s economic performance as a result.

“I am delighted that the Workplace Equality Fund is supporting projects such as the TRC traineeship which aim to drive good practice and reduce employment inequality.”

Jane Muirhead, Chair of the TRC Board and Founder and Managing Director of Raise the Roof Productions said,

“TRC have a deep understanding of the independent production sector and the challenges that can arise in recruiting and retaining diverse talent. It’s an incredibly exciting time for Scotland’s TV industry and a great time to consider a career in television."

"On behalf of the TRC board I would like to extend my thanks to the funders of ‘rad’: Scottish Enterprise, Channel 4, BBC, Creative Scotland and Scottish Government.”

How to apply

Applications are now open for rad traineeships and will close on Tuesday 18 December 2018.

Candidates can find out more and apply online here.

Interested in applying? Why not come along to one of our info events?

There are information events taking place in Glasgow on Wednesday 12 December, when potential applicants can find out more about the programme and speak to people already working in television.

A morning session will be held at Glasgow Women’s Library from 11am - 12pm. Book your free place here. 

An evening session will be held at TRC’s offices in City Centre. The event is currently sold out, but you can add your name to the waiting list here or attend the event at Glasgow Women's Library.