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OBV and Channel 4 launch BME talent scheme

People with a passion for the media are being offered a golden opportunity to get ahead in the broadcast world, courtesy of a groundbreaking new mentoring scheme launched by Channel 4 and Operation Black Vote

This initiative will offer successful applicants a chance to skill-up and make high-level contacts at Channel 4 by shadowing a senior manager for six months.

The Business Mentoring Scheme is today being advertised on The Guardian’s Careers website (the moving graphics advert at the top of their home-page) and the OBV website.

Advert on Guardian website today

The dynamic partnership between OBV and C4 aims to develop Black and ethnic minority (BME) talent within the media industry by putting individuals through a mentoring and coaching programme that will help broaden and develop their management and business skills.

The new pilot programme forms part of C4’s commitment to diversity and is part of its talent strategy. Because the media has a significant power in society, OBV wants to inspire, engage and empower BME communities be part of it.

Winsome-Grace Cornish, OBV Communications Director, said: “To be able to experience how a large and influential company like Channel 4 works is a fantastic opportunity.

“It is a chance to not just enhance skills but also to take on a leadership perspective in business and civic life. Personal development is an important aspect of leadership and programmes like this nurture and expand talent”

The programme will place six individuals within core C4 departments, including strategy, diversity and corporate relations. Participants will spend a-day-and-a-half each month, for six months, with a key Channel 4 manager and their team.

Those selected will chance to observe top level decision-making and understand the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed within a media business environment, as well as gaining an insight into the wider broadcast industry.

Participants will contribute to their mentor’s department as part of the working team; and the process will allow the teams to reflect on that contribution; and to build relationships with individuals who are outside of their normal networks.

The scheme, which starts in March 2010, is aimed at attracting BME talent at senior and middle management levels – areas that are critically under-represented within the industry.

So if you’ve got proven business experience in a middle management role, then we’d like to hear from you. The sector you work in doesn’t matter – your passion for media and broadcasting is what’s important.

To register your interest, please email business@obv.org.uk This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it and we will send you more information in December.


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    David Chen
    “Exploring A Taste of Our Culture – Globally”

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