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Commissioning Operations Apprentice

  • Channel 4
  • United Kingdom
  • 09/01/2023

Job Description

Job Title: Commissioning Operations Apprentice
Reports to: Head of Indie Relations
Department: Commissioning 
Location: London or Glasgow
Number of roles: 1
Start: September 2023


If you are looking for an opportunity to gain work experience and a qualification, then an apprenticeship at Channel 4 might be for you. 

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.

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.

Our apprenticeships are aimed at school leavers and people who do not have a degree. If you have a degree, please look at our Production Training Scheme or the Channel 4 Jobs website for other opportunities suitable for you.  

If you’d like some tips on writing your application before you apply, please watch our recent YouTube video, How to Write an Outstanding Application

The programme aims to offer opportunities to those currently underrepresented in the TV industry, so we are particularly keen to hear from Deaf and/or disabled people, ethnically diverse people and people from lower socio-economic groups.

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.

The Commissioning department is responsible for selecting and helping shape all the content we distribute on our linear channels and across our digital platforms. We do this through a mixture of commissioning and acquiring shows and films, as well as news and sports coverage.

This role will be working close with the Director of Commissioning Operations, the Head of Indie Relations, and the connected team who are responsible for developing our relationships with independent producers and creative businesses, as well as maintaining commissioning processes and ensuring we are operating as efficiently as possible.

  • To provide administrative support which may include diary management, meeting minutes, travel arrangements and managing and filing expenses.
  • Supporting the project management of key initiatives including, but not limited to, the Emerging Indie Fund and 4Producers Network.
  • Tracking emerging on-screen talent.
  • Working with the DCO to help support suppliers.
  • Maintaining accurate records of supply chain data.
  • Assisting with the maintenance and updating of the 4Producers website.
  • Supporting the delivery of virtual and in person events and functions.
  • Provide cross-functional support to other teams in Commissioning, such as the Creative Diversity team, as and when necessary.
  • Ensure visitors to the team are handled appropriately.
  • Preparation of PowerPoint presentations.

As part of the application process you’ll be asked to tell us how you meet the essential criteria listed below. When answering this question think about examples from your experience so far, this doesn’t need to be professional experience but could be academic, from volunteering or a part-time job. 

We’ve provided some examples beside the first four criteria of experience that could demonstrate you have these skills.  Please note you do not need to use these examples, they are just here for guidance and you should draw from your own personal experiences. 
  • Verbal and written communication skills - Verbal - e.g. experience of dealing with customers or working as part of a team. Written – e.g. writing emails, completing an application form or essay, or if you have a hobby that involves creative writing. 
  • Attention to detail -  e.g. Cashing up on tills or proofreading coursework.
  • Organisation skills and ability to prioritise tasks - e.g. Planning events whether personal or for professional purposes, as well as managing work life balance, for example working whilst doing coursework/exams. 
  • An understanding of and a passion for Channel 4's remit 
  • Keen interest in on-screen talent and content, both linear and digital
  • Ability to problem solve and use initiative to resolve issues
  • Possess a keen attitude and a willingness to learn
  • To be adaptive with a flexible approach to tasks

Business Administrator Level 3 (London) or Creative Media SCQF level 7 (Glasgow)


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. You can also watch our recent YouTube video, Demystifying Interview and Workplace adjustments

If you have any questions about this apprenticeship vacancy please email the 4Skills team direct at