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Early Careers Apprentice

  • Channel 4
  • London, UK
  • 04/08/2022

Job Description

Early Careers Apprentice 

Reports To: Early Careers Advisor 
Department: People Team
Location: London HQ with travel to other C4 locations when required


Our Apprenticeship programme is designed to provide work experience and a related qualification to people leaving formal education and who have decided to pursue an Apprenticeship rather than attend University.

Our Apprenticeships are full-time, with four days per week spent working in a C4 department and one day per week completing the formal learning parts of the Apprenticeship. Our Apprentices have external tutors who deliver workshops and seminars to them and offer support throughout the apprenticeship.  It is essential for Apprentices to be able to balance their work and learning time and commit to delivering what is required for the formal learning elements in order to successfully achieve the qualifications on completion.

The formal training provided will consist of workshops, tutorials, webinars, coaching and in some cases residential boot camps. The training is dependent on the qualification your apprenticeship offers and will be explained in detail by the training provider before you officially begin the course. You can read more about the qualification being offered for this apprenticeship below.

Am I eligible to apply? 
  • You must be 18 years old or over at the time the scheme starts to apply. There is no upper age limit.
  • You cannot already have a similar qualification at the same or higher level than what is being offered on this apprenticeship. For example, you are not eligible to apply for this role if you have a Recruitment related qualification. 

Channel 4 is free-to-air and freely available to all of the UK. We have the UK’s biggest free streaming service, All4, plus a network of 12 television channels. Since Channel 4 was created in 1982, it has been at the centre of national conversations and a catalyst for the creation of a world-beating production sector in the UK.

Our purpose is to create change through entertainment. We do this by representing unheard voices, challenging with purpose and reinventing entertainment. 

Our unique model – commercially-funded but publicly-owned – means that we’re able to offer independent and distinctive, universal content reflecting the interests of different communities across the UK.

As a publisher-broadcaster, Channel 4 commissions UK content from the independent production sector and currently works with around 300 creative companies across the UK every year. 


As part of C4’s ‘4All the UK’ strategy, in October 2019 we opened a new national HQ in Leeds and a Creative Hub in both Bristol and Glasgow. This will ensure that we serve the whole of the UK and is the biggest change to the organisation’s structure in its history. It will support a significant increase in the organisation’s Nations & Regions spend on creative content – from 35% to 50% of main channel UK commissions by 2023.

A key part of this strategy is to attract and develop talent across the UK. 4Skills is our new training and development initiative that brings together all of our existing training schemes across C4. This on-going programme is focussed on finding and nurturing talent from the Nations and Regions with the aim of attracting people into broadcasting and production from diverse backgrounds. 4Skills will address skills gaps and also play a key role in progressing the careers of those already in the industry.

This role sits within the People Team and will support on a variety of current schemes and new initiatives that support our ‘4Skills’ vision, working closely with our 4Skills colleagues based in the National HQ in Leeds. 

The wider People Team supports the 3 business areas within the channel (Creative, Commercial, Operations) and the Early Careers Advisor will support with each of these areas, across all C4 locations, by delivering Apprenticeship and early career programmes that help people start their careers in the media industry.


This role will be based in the London HQ where you’ll support on the delivery of our 4Skills programmes that help young people gain experiences at C4 or via one of our events or outreach programmes.

In 2023 we’ll be delivering more opportunities for entry level talent than ever; this includes recruiting our largest group of apprentices to date, so you’ll need to enjoy being busy and be happy to support in all aspects of recruitment for our programmes. 

This apprenticeship would suit someone who is interested in working on apprenticeships, early career programmes, youth outreach events or working with schools, but most importantly you’ll need to be passionate about helping people from diverse backgrounds find career opportunities.

  • Support across the 2023 Apprentice programme and other 4Skills initiatives 
  • Post job adverts on the Channel 4 careers website using our recruitment system
  • Utilise social media to promote opportunities
  • Learn how to screen and process candidates in our ATS (Applicant Tracking System)
  • Assist with selection processes
  • Book interviews and utilise HireVue (our online video interviewing platform)
  • Complete the onboarding process for any new apprentice hires 
  • Liaise with hiring managers and candidates
  • Monitor the 4Skills inbox to assist with candidate queries
  • Provide constructive feedback to candidates
  • Attend careers events and other 4Skills activity to promote opportunities at C4
  • Excellent written communication skills 
  • Excellent verbal communication skills 
  • Strong attention to detail 
  • Highly organised and self-motivated 
  • Thrive by being busy 
  • Committed to providing excellent customer service 
  • Confidence to learn and use multiple recruitment technology systems  
  • Comfortable working with MS Office products 
  • Passionate about diversity and inclusion 
  • Keen to learn and not afraid to ask questions 
Level 2 Recruitment Resourcer 

15 months 


If you are unable to complete the Apprentice application, we are happy to consider alternative formats of the application form.

For example, you could arrange a phone call with 4Skills for you to speak your answers and a member of the team can scribe, or if you’d like to create a five minute YouTube video/ voice recording, these are also options available. If you have a different alternative, we really welcome your suggestions to ensure you have a fair chance of applying. 

Take a look at our access page for more information, which you’ll find by clicking here. If you have any questions about this apprenticeship vacancy please email the 4Skills team direct at


If you need to relocate in order to take up this opportunity, we can offer you support towards the financial costs of moving. This includes a contribution towards your deposit and first months’ rent, plus visits to your new city to look for accommodation.