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Picture editor apprentice

Picture editor apprentice

locationLeeds, UK
ExpiresExpires: 22/04/2024
Fixed term contract
£20,000 to £30,000 per year

Closing date for applications: 22nd April at 11.59pm

Salary: £23,170 per annum

Start: January 2025

Duration: 15 months

Qualification offered:  Content Creator Level 3

Reports to: Senior Picture Editor

Department: Marketing

Learn more about creating content for a national producer and broadcaster in this paid apprenticeship based in Leeds.

If you are looking for an opportunity to gain work experience and a qualification, then an apprenticeship at Channel 4 might be for you. These apprenticeships are aimed at school leavers and people who do not have a degree (full eligibility criteria below).

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. You’ll spend 60% of your working week in your office base and 40% working from home. The formal training provided will consist of workshops, tutorials, webinars, coaching and in some cases residential boot camps. You can read more about the qualification being offered for this apprenticeship below.

The Pictures Team is responsible for all of Channel 4’s imaging needs. It forms part of the Marketing department and is responsible for Channel 4’s dealings with the press and wider media.

Working with Picture Commissioners, Asset Managers, Platform Editors and 3rd Party Editors, alongside a team of full time Picture Editors, creating bespoke imagery that are then used to promote Channel 4 programming on the All 4 platform and third-party platforms such as Apple TV, Amazon Fire and Sky.


  • Design and create eye catching imagery utilising existing Channel 4 images for all of our content
  • Caption, tag and store created images in the team’s asset management system
  • Manage internal requests for the supply of images
  • Work to various creative guidelines internally and externally
  • Liaise with and supply images to external picture desks
  • Assist Picture Commissioners in the creative development of ideas for photoshoots
  • Work on in-house design projects such as posters, invites and press packs
  • Through in-house training, eventually deliver creative image solutions for Channel 4 shows

Knowledge, skills, experience

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. Communication – 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 
  • Confirm you have Maths & English GCSE Grade C (4) or above
  • Passion for photography and has an interest in design / image creation
  • Able to critically assess imagery and offer suggestions on ways to improve images
  • Comfortable using different types of technology (Mac, Word, Excel, Outlook, Adobe CC suite) and able to learn how to use new technology confidently 
  • Great organisational skills and ability to prioritise when managing multiple tasks 


Eligibility criteria

  • You must be 18 years old or over at the time the scheme starts to apply. There is no upper age limit.
  • You’ll need to have a Grade C (4) or above in Maths & English GCSE.
  • You can’t have already completed the qualification being offered or similar at the same or higher level.
  • Our apprenticeships are aimed at school leavers and people who do not have a degree.

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.

To apply

Click on the 'apply' button at the top right to progress the application process. Please include in your application that you found this role through Creative Access.

We are committed to making the application process accessible. If you would like to discuss suggestions for alternative formats, or have any questions about the recruitment process in general, please contact us at 

Take a look at our access page for more information, which you’ll find by clicking here. You can also watch our YouTube video, Demystifying Interview and Workplace adjustments

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


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

Level of experience

  • Entry

Salary range

  • £20,000 to £30,000 per year

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