Publicly owned yet commercially funded, Channel 4 occupy a unique place in the UK’s media landscape. This is what sets the organisation apart from the rest, what gives it purpose. Nurturing talent plays a big role in that purpose. By encouraging creativity, inventiveness and energy in their workforce, Channel 4 is able to maintain a fresh perspective at all times.
This is precisely why they look for these qualities in their employees. If that wasn’t enough to convince you, here are 10 more reasons why you should consider a career with Channel 4.
One in four adults in the UK will experience a mental health condition in any given year, yet there remains a culture of silence around mental health at work. Known for showcasing taboos and challenging conventional thinking, Channel 4 understands the need to train staff in mental health. In 2016, the broadcaster trained Mental Health First Aiders who launched 4Mind to support all members of staff.
2) Industry talent schemes
From screenwriting to directing, Channel 4 invests in new talent to ensure that it continues to create pioneering content. By keeping things fresh and seeing things through different perspectives, the broadcaster reinvents and reimagines the tried and tested.
Channel 4’s LGBT+ network, 4Pride aims to inform, inspire, educate and build connections through the organisation. Support and advice are offered to all staff and the network attends Pride and Stonewall conferences to help bring positive change.
The number of women in employment is rising. To reflect this, Channel 4 have created 4Women. A grassroots gender equality network, founded in 2016, which empowers C4 women to achieve success at work, whatever that looks like for them.
5) Work experience
If it is your dream to work in TV, Channel 4 offers the chance to experience it for real. With 60 places available to anyone over 18 who can demonstrate a passion for the industry, the programme provides invaluable insights into working for a broadcaster.
Celebrating diversity is at the heart of Channel 4’s purpose both on and off screen. The broadcaster understands that recruiting talent from diverse backgrounds encourages the workforce to be vibrant and creative. This is why the organisation actively recruits from groups who are under-represented in the media sector.
In 2016, Channel 4 was named as the official Paralympics broadcaster. The organisation has since launched 4Purple, an internal disability network. The network educates colleagues through disability focused events.
8) Training schemes
With unique training schemes in investigative journalism, television production and data science, Channel 4 offers employees the chance to make programmes that educate and stimulate.
9) Employee benefits
Channel 4 understand the need for work-life balance, so employees benefit from enhanced maternity leave, family friendly policies, enhanced paternity pay and shared parental leave. Employees can also take advantage of season ticket loans, insurance, health screenings and more.
Channel 4 is a powerhouse of originality, innovation and imagination. By nurturing talent and creativity, the broadcaster taps in to an endless supply of energy, ideas, passion and perspectives.
If you feel you have the passion and creativity Channel 4 are looking for, search our database for current vacancies today.