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Ever thought about working in TV? Then rad is for you.

rad is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who would love to work in television but hasn’t been able to find a way in or has faced a barrier to entry.

Whether that barrier has been through race, disability or economic background – rad was created to dissolve those barriers.

It’s time to forget the “who you know” rule – we want to know you!

What’s more, our host production companies are dedicated to supporting you throughout the programme. You’ll also have team TRC on hand to support you throughout the whole experience - we'll be there to steer you through. 

So what is rad? 

rad is a paid eight month traineeship within a Scottish independent television production company which includes full training throughout the placement.

The programme is aimed at those who are under-represented in the TV industry: those either with a disability, from black, Asian or ethnic minority communities or from disadvantaged backgrounds.

There are twelve positions available across three roles: Researcher, Edit Assistant and Production Assistant. For more information about each role, please see our rad roles and key skills info sheet or alternatively have a look at the relevant job profile on the ScreenSkills website.

You don’t have to apply to a specific role but here’s our quick guide to each one so you can tailor your application:

  • Do you have brilliant administrative experience and love talking to people? You could be perfect to develop your skills as a researcher.
  • Do you know your way round an edit suite or just a pro at iMovie Maker? Training as Edit Assistant role could be just for you.
  • Are you a whizz at spreadsheets or just love organising and have a great eye for detail? We would love to help you develop those skills into the role of Production Assistant.

The traineeship will continue within government COVID-19 guidelines, as both TRC and the host TV production companies are committed to delivering the programme and supporting the trainees. Please note, some working from home may be required.

How to apply

rad is aimed at those who are under-represented in the TV industry: those either with a disability, from black, Asian or ethnic minority communities or from disadvantaged backgrounds. If you require support to complete the application process we're more happy to help, just get in touch at michelle.lord@trcmedia.org 

If you would like to apply, please read our Application Guidelines before completing the application.

The deadline for applications is Friday 19th February.

Fancy a chat?

Email projectmanager@trcmedia.org with any burning questions you might have and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. In addition, if you require support to complete the application process we're more happy to help, just get in touch.

We will be running a rad information event online – click here to register your interest.

What is rad?

rad is a training course where candidates will be paid to work full time during a placement with a Scottish TV production company for 8 months from April 2021 - November 2021. TRC will also be on hand throughout the placement to provide support and specific training to help boost each trainee's career. 

 

Who is rad for?

The traineeship is aimed at groups who are typically under-represented in the TV industry: those either with a disability, from black, Asian or ethnic minority communities or from disadvantaged backgrounds. Candidates must be over 18, but there is no upper age limit, meaning that it is open to those considering a career change or returning to work. 

 

Where will rad take place?

The majority of production companies who take part in rad are based in Glasgow. Depending on relevant COVID regulations, some working from home may be required. The traineeship will continue outwith the COVID situation, as both TRC and the host production companies are committed to supporting the programme whilst following government guidelines.

Previous production companies who have taken part in rad are: IWC Media, Raise the Roof, Hopscotch Films, Matchlight, BBC Studios, Firecracker, Mentorn, Two Rivers Media and Blazing Griffin.

 

How do I apply?

If you would like to apply, please read our Application Guidelines before completing the application. We also recommend looking at our rad roles and key skills info sheet

You can apply to rad 2021 by using this link.

The deadline for applications is Friday 19th February. If you require support to complete the application process we're more happy to help, just get in touch at michelle.lord@trcmedia.org

 

Who are TRC?

For over 20 years we have delivered high-end training for individuals and businesses working within the TV and digital sectors. Through TRC training, careers have been transformed, new start-ups established, international business secured, skill shortages tackled, business strategies re-framed and invaluable networks formed. Our reputation as one of the UK’s leading training providers has allowed us to provide unrivalled access to the world’s most innovative companies. Find out more about TRC here.

 

How long does the job last for?

The role is a fixed term contract for 8 months from April 2021 to November 2021.

 

What is the salary?

The salary is based on the Scottish Living Wage of £9.30 per hour.

 

Will I have a contract of employment?

All successful candidates will be given a contract from their employer which will outline the terms and conditions of employment.

 

What training will I get?

The role includes approx. 2-3 mornings of online training per month which will be included in your contract (so you will not need to take unpaid leave or holidays to attend). The purpose of this training is to help strengthen your knowledge and skills in TV production. All the training has been specifically designed to help you become more confident and knowledgeable in key roles over the training period.

 

I do not have a disability / I am not black, Asian or ethnic minority / I am not from a disadvantaged background - can I still apply?

We’re especially keen to hear from individuals from groups who are under-represented in the TV industry: those either with a disability, from black, Asian or ethnic minority communities or from disadvantaged backgrounds as rad was specifically created to make the Scottish TV industry more diverse. If you identify as belonging to one of these communities then you are eligible to apply for the programme.

 

What do you mean by disability?

A disability is if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities, this definition is taken from the Equality Act 2010. For further information visit: https://www.gov.uk/definition-of-disability-under-equality-act-2010

 

How do I know if I am from a disadvantaged background?

Disadvantage can cover those that experience a higher risk of poverty, social exclusion, discrimination and violence than the general population. The Office for National Statistics includes the following categories in their understanding of individuals who have experienced disadvantage: disabled people, lone parents, ethnic minorities, people aged over 50, the lowest qualified and those living in the most deprived areas. For further information visit: https://eige.europa.eu/rdc/thesaurus/terms/1083.

 

What qualifications do I need?

You don’t need a degree or any qualifications to be eligible for rad, we are interested in your potential and passion.

 

Do I need experience of working in the TV industry?

No, we are specifically looking for people who are not already working in the TV industry. You just need to be passionate about TV. We are looking for people with an enthusiasm and demonstrable interest in working in TV. However, if you’ve already had more than six months continuous paid employment in the TV industry, you may be over-qualified for the scheme. rad should be your first step into the television industry and is designed to help kick-start your career in TV. If you aren’t sure whether you qualify please get in touch with us by email at michelle.lord@trcmedia.org and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have. 

 

 

If I have been working in TV can I still apply?

rad is intended to kick-start your career in television so if you've already had considerable experience (more than six months, fully-paid) then rad might not be for you. If you aren’t sure whether you qualify please get in touch with us by email at michelle.lord@trcmedia.org and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have. 

 

I am not currently working, can I apply?

Yes, you might be re-entering the workforce after time off, or maybe you’ve had a period of redundancy, or were unable to get a start in the subject you studied after school, college or university. As long as you permanently reside in the UK and have the right to work here then you can apply. 

 

I am still at college/university – can I apply?

You cannot be in full time education when the role starts.

 

I am not at college/university now – but I'm starting/thinking of starting, can I still apply?

No. You must be available to continue working full time during the duration of the traineeship until November 2021. If your application is successful and we subsequently discover you are planning to be in full-time education, we will revoke your offer.

 

I want to be a presenter/actor – will rad help?

No. The rad programme is about finding talented people who want to work behind the scenes, helping to develop TV programmes. It’s not about launching your presenting or acting career. Please do not apply if this is your career goal.

 

I want to be a writer – can I apply?

If you’re interested in being involved in research for production companies and are happy working on other people’s projects first, then yes, you can definitely apply. If you’d rather just work on your own scripts, then rad is not for you.

 

Is there an age limit?

Candidates must be over 18, but there is no upper age limit, meaning that it is open to those considering a career change or returning to work. You can apply to rad if you are 17 but you MUST have turned 18 by the start of the programme.

 

Can I apply if I’m not originally from the UK?

Yes, you can apply as long as you permanently reside in the UK and have the right to work here.

 

Do I have to live in Scotland to apply?

Anyone living in the UK can apply, you will have to be able to prove that you are able to move to Scotland by the start of the programme in order to take part in rad. There are no expenses to cover relocation so only apply if you are willing and able to move to Scotland before the role starts.

 

Where will the job be based?

Although companies from all over Scotland can apply to host you as part of rad the majority of production companies are based in Glasgow. Depending on relevant COVID regulations, some working from home may be required. The traineeship will continue within government COVID-19 guidelines.

 

Where does the training element of the programme take place?

The training element provided by TRC will take place online over zoom for 2-3 mornings a month.

 

What if I need extra support to complete my application?

If you require extra support to complete your application form we will offer one-to-one meetings where a member of our team will help you to understand and navigate the application process. Please get in touch to arrange a suitable time: michelle.lord@trcmedia.org 

 

What happens if I'm successful during the application stage?

Applicants will be shortlisted and invited to an online interview with the television production company offering the placement and a member of TRC staff.

 

What if I need extra support to attend an interview?

If you have any special requirements for interview please let us know and we will make suitable arrangements.

 

What if I have more questions about the job or application?

If you have any questions please sign up for our event here or contact michelle.lord@trcmedia.org 

rad 2021 info event

We will be hosting an online event on Thursday 4th February at 6pm with a live Q&A with some special guests and Team TRC. Register your interest to secure your place.

What's on offer?

  • A paid placement with a production company

Plus regular workshops from TRC on subjects such as:

  • Introduction to the TV industry 
  • Market overview: understanding trends in UK television
  • Communication skills
  • Digital production: new production developments and enhancements
  • Telephone research 
  • Maximising online research 
  • Casting research
  • Archive research

rad 2021 event

We're hosting a live Q&A to discuss rad and answer any burning questions you might have. Register your interest to secure your place.