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Press apprentice

Press apprentice

locationLondon, UK
remoteHybrid
ExpiresExpires: 22/04/2024
Comms / Marketing / PR
Entry

Closing date: 22nd April at 11.59pm

Salary: £25,390

Start: January 2025

Duration: 15 months

Qualification offered: Business Administrator Level 3

Reports to: Group Publicity Manager

Department: Content Communications 

 

Get ready to liaise with journalists, work on exciting campaigns, and be at the forefront of TV PR in this Channel 4 apprenticeship!

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. 

Channel 4’s Content Communications department is responsible for generating and shaping earned press, and media coverage of Channel 4’s programme content, services and talent. The department proactively publicises Channel 4's reputation, vision, programmes and content across all print press, digital, TV and radio, consumer and trade publications, and with influencers - with a view to driving both audiences to watch the content and feel an affinity for its brand and reputation. The department handles all media requests for programme information, talent and executive interviews, clips and pictures.

We are looking for an enthusiastic apprentice to join our busy Content Communications team. You'll need to love TV, be social and digital media savvy, and have top notch communication skills both in person, on paper and online. You'll need to be super organised and happy to get stuck in, and ready to kick off your career as a TV publicist. 

You will get to work as part of Channel 4’s consumer facing press team on some of the most talked about shows on TV, offering administrative support and bringing your ideas and perspective to the team, whilst also assisting on some major campaigns.

 

Responsibilities

  • To provide efficient administrative support to the press and publicity team as required – reporting to a Group Publicity Manager 
  • Working in a team with Content Communications Assistants to:
  • Field and deal with general enquiries from journalists efficiently via phone, email and face to face, representing Channel 4 in a positive way
  • Deal with production companies, commissioning editors and other stakeholders – representing Channel 4 in a positive way
  • Source and provide weekly programme press information, billings and preview material for journalists
  • Save media cuttings and create, circulate PR updates and create reports that showcase the work of the team
  • Upload press releases and information to the Digital Press Centre and distribute press releases to targeted lists
  • Support the consumer PR team in creatively promoting content and programmes – coming up with creative ideas, and helping to implement them as part of a targeted publicity strategy
  • Assist at press launches, screenings and press events - managing guest lists, helping organise transport, and looking after talent
  • Use your passion for social and digital media to create digital assets and develop contacts with influencers

 

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 
  • Experience using the full MS Office suite and knowledge of creating PowerPoint presentations
  • Experience using and a good understanding of social media platforms
  • Strong prioritisation and time management skills
  • A great attitude and a willingness to learn

 

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 apprenticeships@channel4.co.uk 

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

 

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.

Level of experience

  • Entry

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