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Policy & public affairs apprentice

Policy & public affairs apprentice

ExpiresExpires: 22/04/2024
Comms / Marketing / PR

Closing date: 22nd April at 11.59pm

Salary: £23,170

Start: January 2025

Duration: 15 months if based in Leeds, 12 months if based in Glasgow

Qualification offered: Business Administrator Level 3 or Diploma Digital Application Support SCQF level 6

Reports to: Senior External Affairs Manager/ Public Affairs Manager

Department: Strategy & Consumer Insight


From drafting briefings to coordinating MP meetings, you'll be part of driving positive change in the media landscape.

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. 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. 

The Policy and Public Affairs team sits within the Strategy and Consumer Insight division and is responsible for managing all of Channel 4’s relationships with the UK and devolved Governments and Parliaments, as well as with regulators and other stakeholders in the political and corporate worlds. It seeks to ensure that any policy and regulatory decisions made are in the best interests of Channel 4. The team plays a lead role in ensuring that stakeholders are kept informed about key Channel 4 programmes and initiatives and understand Channel 4’s unique remit and model. It also provides briefing and advice to Channel 4’s senior management. 

The team has members based in London and Leeds and Glasgow and this role will be based in Leeds or Glasgow.



  • Support the team’s project management function, taking notes of meetings, logging actions and tracking progress. 
  • Supporting Policy and Public Affairs events and visits, helping with guest lists, invitations, briefings and logistics. 
  • Assisting with the drafting of briefings for meetings, events and Select Committees compiling relevant materials from across the team. 
  • Carrying out research to support the work of the policy and public affairs team. 
  • Summarising relevant policy and political developments like reports. 
  • Coordinating MP meetings and visits and supporting wider diary management within the team. 
  • Supporting the team with stakeholder communications and social media. 
  • Supporting the team’s political monitoring. 
  • Supporting the team in ensuring that supplier invoices are paid promptly by raising purchase orders and liaising with the Accounts Payable team to resolve issues and confirm payment 


Knowledge, skills and 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


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. If you have a degree, please visit the Channel 4 Jobs website 

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

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