UKTV is expanding their apprenticeship scheme.
CEO Darren Childs has announced plans to increase the number of apprentices at the media company to 3% of their total work-force by 2016. The broadcaster is presently in talks for the expansion and are looking to create new openings in areas of the business where it would like to develop grass roots talent, including Technology, Operations and Digital.
Darren Childs has been particularly vocal about the fact that, going forward, production companies making programmes for UKTV must pay all staff, including runners, at least the minimum wage. UKTV’s apprentices will be paid a living wage and get employee benefits, with Childs telling Broadcast that he is “not interested in creating content through sweatshop economics”.
“UKTV’s apprenticeship opportunities, which were developed with the National Apprenticeship Service backed by Mayor of London, Boris Johnson and are supported by our training partner Outsource, have given industry access to passionate and motivated young people who are delivering impressive and tangible results for the business”, said Della Hirons, UKTV’s HR Business Partner. “Two of our apprentices have already been promoted to permanent roles within the company, which demonstrates how successful apprenticeships can be for developing and retaining new talent.”
Additionally, UKTV has teamed up with Creative Skillset to host a Open Doors event for 16-24 year olds who want to learn about the television industry. Creative Skillset’s series of Open Doors events allow young adults to gain invaluable insight into working in the Creative Industries, the skills needed to be successful and the opportunities open to enter said industry. At the UKTV event, Childs will talk about his route into TV, there will be a speed networking activity and participants will get hand on experience working on a commissioning or marketing activity.
“Creative Skillset are doing a brilliant job of opening the doors to the Creative Industries for talented and hungry individuals”, said UKTV CEO Darren Childs. “I’m delighted that UKTV is the first broadcaster to partner with them on this type of event where we are offering 40 young people the opportunity to meet with teams from across the business and get hands on experience in our brand new production facilities, including our edit suites and voiceover booth. As part of the event, we are also offering the chance to win two paid, one week work placements, based right here at UKTV.”