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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.

Applications for rad 2021 are now closed. We have selected our trainees for 2021. Be the first to know when applications open again by signing up to our mailing list.

What's on offer from rad?

  • 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

 

Please be aware that these FAQs refer to rad 2021 and details may change for future editions of rad.

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. 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. 

If you identify being from a disadvantaged background, please think about this to inform your answer: "The BFI considers someone who has experienced reduced opportunities, due to their level of income, and/or education as disadvantaged. You should explain why you consider yourself to be from lower socio-economic background (i.e. single parent household, care, education, refugee/asylum status, poverty, receive benefits/tax credits, carer).

 

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, Tern, BBC Studios, Firecracker, Mentorn, Two Rivers Media and Blazing Griffin.

 

How do I apply?

Applications for rad are currently closed.

 

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?

During rad 2021, the role was 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.

 

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 online training sessions 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 BFI considers someone who has experienced reduced opportunities, due to their level of income, and / or education as disadvantaged. (ie single parent household, care, education, refugee/asylum status, poverty, low income, receive benefits/tax credits, carer). The Office for National Statistics also 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.

 

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. 

 

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 contact TRC.

Applications Closed

We have selected our trainees for 2021. Be the first to know when applications open again by signing up to our mailing list.

TRC’s rad programme changed my life. Without this programme I think my journey to this level of confidence and
competence would have taken so much longer and
been so much harder.

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James Macleod

If you told me a year ago that I would be working as a researcher for a company that's been nominated for Best Indie, I would probably have cried. I am beyond glad I applied to this scheme.

Annie Butcher
Annie Butcher

To me, someone without Cerebral Palsy would be stronger, faster and have more endurance to handle the industry. TRC Media’s RAD programme allowed me to believe when I couldn’t believe in myself.

Chris Walker
Chris Walker

It has been truly life changing! I feel like I've learned so much more in these last few months than I've done in a lifetime. I've always been interested in being involved in TV and now here I am doing it!

Sean Dunlop
Sean Dunlop

Rad has undoubtedly launched my career. This time last year I was working in a pharmacy, unable to get a start in TV and now I'm working on a 10 part series for BBC One that I helped develop.

Charlotte Hall
Charlotte Hall

Before I always felt like my diversity was written on my face and I had to do everything to hide it; now I feel like I have found a way to be confident and skillful without losing my identity.

Liga Gutane
Liga Gutane