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Sport Commissioning Apprentice

  • Channel 4
  • Leeds, UK
  • 12/01/2023

Job Description

Job Title: Sport Apprentice
Reports to: Head of Sport
Department: News & Current Affairs
Location: Leeds
Number of roles:
Start date: 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.

This role is aimed at applicants who have a neurodiverse condition, impairment or long-term condition. We are aware that applicants with these conditions and impairments often experience barriers in the workplace, and are also currently underrepresented in the media industry, and this is something we want to actively change.

As a Disability Confident Leader, we have a dedicated member of staff looking after workplace adjustments. So please let us know if you need any support or assistance because of a condition or impairment. This support can be requested either during the application phase or, if you are successful, at any time during the scheme itself.

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.


Channel 4 Sport is home of the Paralympics, the British Grand Prix, Super League and live England football. We aim to bring big, distinctive sporting events free to air to audiences all around the UK. 

We want our sports coverage to be broad, entertaining, and fun we’re always hungry for the next generation of ideas. 
Channel 4 sport is responsible for acquiring the broadcast rights for sporting competitions and tendering out the contracts to produce the shows. We also play a key role in decision making on talent, form and style of the shows and overseeing all our live sports output. Our biggest challenge on the horizon is the Paralympics in Paris in 2024 and we are determined to make our coverage the best for this amazing event. 

During your time in the sports team, you’ll get involved in all areas of the work we do and we’ll help you to quickly build up your skills and knowledge of the broadcast industry. 

  • Providing the Sports team with administrative support
  • Diary Management
  • Assist the Commissioning team with the management of all relevant editorial/compliance processes and Channel 4 systems.
  • Support the team in building and maintaining good relationships with partner organisations such as the British Paralympic Association and the International Paralympic Committee
  • Helping with the smooth running of tender processes.
  • Ensuring the smooth functioning of the department at all levels, attending meetings, distributing ratings, and liaising on Award entries with external suppliers
  • Support Programme Coordinators with preparation of materials for routines with the Chief Content Officer and subsequently writing up and distributing minutes


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 in sport

Business Administrator Level 3


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


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.