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Traffic apprentice

Traffic apprentice

locationLeeds, UK
ExpiresExpires: 22/04/2024

Closing date: 22nd April at 11.59pm

Salary: £23,170

Start: January 2025

Duration: 15 months

Qualification offered: Business Administrator Level 3

Reports to: Traffic Leader

Department: 4Sales


Play a key role in maximising advertising revenue whilst ensuring compliance with regulations.

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 Traffic team sits within the sales department at Channel 4. The team’s role is to assist in maximising advertising revenue from commercial airtime, working within the relevant Ofcom regulations and in accordance with The Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice (BCAP) Code. The team are responsible for creating compliant commercial and sponsorship playlists for broadcast across Channel 4’s portfolio of TV channels and for streaming. 

The team ensure that all advertising breaks and advert and sponsorship placements are fit for broadcast, have passed all regulatory compliance, and are scheduled or served with due care and attention, establishing that their content and timing are suitable, in line with Clearcast guidance, and avoiding unsuitable juxtapositions in programmes. 

This role is a key point of contact for creative agencies, Campaign Operations and the wider Sales team. The Traffic Apprentice will be responsible for ensuring that advertising copy queries are responded to promptly ahead of relevant deadlines.

The role requires a very high level of attention to detail and it is essential to be able to demonstrate the ability to read and digest information and produce clear and accurate communication, and where necessary make judgement calls.



  • Support team in break checking and sequencing order of adverts.
  • Support the setup management of advertising copy, products, commodities and advertisers.
  • Ensure advertising is compliant with broadcast regulation and appropriate for play out.
  • Preparation of advertising playlists to be sent for transmission to broadcast centres to fixed deadlines.
  • View programming to assess appropriate commercial content and distributing notes to the immediate and broader sales team
  • Communicate effectively and maintain good relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Administrate post transmission logs for reconciliation purposes.


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.
  • Calm under pressure – E.g. thinking clearly, analysing situations objectively and making a good decision.   
  • Team player, but capable of working independently – E.g. working by yourself to complete your tasks on time whilst also collaborating with colleagues/students on another project.


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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