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Workplace Disability Apprentice

  • Channel 4
  • London, UK
  • 09/01/2023

Job Description

Job Title: Workplace Disability Apprentice
Reports to: Workplace Disability Lead
Department: 4Inclusion 
Location: London
Number of roles:
Start date: September 2023

THE C4 APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMME

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.

DEPARTMENT DESCRIPTION

The 4Inclusion team looks after workforce diversity and inclusion. The 4Inclusion team exist to build an inclusive culture at C4, somewhere everyone feels they belong and can be their authentic self. We strive to pioneer and lead the industry when it comes to diversity and inclusion.

The team also works in partnership with the Creative Diversity team who are focussed on content commissioning. Together, we ensure that Channel 4’s people and content represent and authentically portray a wide range of voices, backgrounds and experiences from across the UK. 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
  • The role primarily focuses on disability inclusion although the role may involve helping to support the 4Inlusion team in other activities from time to time. 
  • Support the 4Inclusion team to deliver the 4Inclusion strategy.
  • Develop and maintain processes to aid efficiency and strengthen accessibility and disability inclusion within the business.
  • Act as a champion of accessibility and disability inclusion across Channel 4 by helping to co-ordinate communications.
  • Research and advise on accessibility and disability related barriers and provide support in creating campaigns and events. 
  • Build and maintain relationships with 4Purple and 4Mind, our disability and mental health employee networks. 
  • Administrative support for 4Inclusion, 4Purple and 4Mind Network Chairs – including event coordination, liaising with internal and external contacts, document creation and ad-hoc admin tasks.  
  • Build relationships with colleagues across different departments within Channel 4 to enable and encourage collaboration across both accessibility and disability inclusion.
  • Update and maintain the Equity and Inclusion calendar with key accessibility and disability inclusion related events for the year.
  • By agreement with the Workplace Disability Lead, take ownership for planning specific projects and initiatives.

ESSENTIAL EXPERIENCE & SKILLS

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 
  • A keen interest for working with people and creating working environments where individuals thrive
  • A basic understanding of accessibility and disability inclusion
  • Ability to deal with confidential information and approach situations with sensitivity and diplomacy
  • A ‘can do’ attitude with a problem-solving approach

QUALIFICATION OFFERED WITH THIS APPRENTICESHIP

Business Administrator Level 3

LENGTH OF APPRENTICESHIP

15 months 

ALTERNATIVE APPLICATION FORMATS

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 4Skills@channel4.co.uk

RELOCATION

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.