rad Scotland 2023 is an eight-month training programme and paid placement with a Scottish production company designed to kick-start careers in television. Delivered by Glasgow based training organisation TRC, the programme was specifically created for those who are underrepresented in the TV industry: those either with a disability, from black, Asian or ethnic minority communities or from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Successful applicants will undertake a placement in one of the following roles within a selected production company: Researcher (Production or Development), Edit Assistant and Production Assistant. Training will also be provided for the host companies to develop and sustain equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
TRC has successfully delivered rad in Scotland for the past three years, hosting 32 participants throughout the lifetime of the programme, with excellent retention rates. In 2022, 90% of trainees found immediate work at the end of their traineeship.
Applications for the programme are now open, with a deadline of Friday 28 April.
The programme is funded by Screen Scotland, BBC Nations and Regions, Channel 4 and BBC Studios.
Claire Scally, Managing Director of TRC said: “Our rad programme, which we now deliver in Scotland and Wales, has been extremely successful in previous years, and we are delighted to be able to bring it back for 2023. Making the TV industry more inclusive and opening doors for those who have felt excluded is really important to us as an organisation, and we are delighted that the funding partners and production companies continue to support the programme.”
Previous rad trainees have gone on to forge successful careers in the sector.
Sonia Findlay who took part in the 2022 programme said: “The rad scheme has helped demystify the TV industry for me and has given me a way in to this highly competitive industry. As well as a way in, it's also given me a way to grow by providing ample training opportunities and support throughout this traineeship; helping me realise that working in tv is not just a distant dream, but a career I can - and am - thriving in.”
SJ Thomson, who was part of the 2022 rad Scotland cohort commented: “The rad programme has been career changing. Not only did I gain a start in TV drama, but I've also learned new skills, and met people from all different aspects of the industry. My career ambitions before felt like climbing a mountain with no idea what was on the other side. Now, I feel like I'm close to that peak and have a view of what I can work towards in TV.”
To learn more about rad Scotland and how to apply, please visit https://trcmedia.org/training/rad-scotland-tv-traineeship/
TRC is one of the UK’s leading training providers for Broadcast. TRC is a registered charity based in Glasgow, funded by Screen Scotland, BBC Nations and Regions and Channel 4.
Production companies who have previously taken part in rad Scotland include BBC Studios, Edit 123, IWC Media, Hello Halo, Firecrest Films, Mentorn, Tern, Firecracker, Raise the Roof, Ricochet and STV Studios.
Press contact: Claudia Detomaso, Marketing Executive at TRC [email protected]