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Another bumper crop for Channel 4’s Production Training Scheme

Over 70 guests were at Channel 4 earlier this month to watch the graduation films from Channel 4’s latest trainees from its prestigious Production Training Programme.

The varied 3-minute films included the story of a project at the former Govan shipyard for recovering addicts and a fabulous look at the Belfast-based candy manufacturer Aunty Sandra’s.  Talent managers and company mentors from Matchlight, Mentorn, Wall to Wall and Bwark – among others – attended the evening which included the usual pre-screening drinks to stiffen the nerves of the trainees.

For the first year ever in the scheme,  all ten of the trainees were employed in the industry before the scheme finished with some staying with their Scheme companies, while others are moving onto fields afresh.

Leo Gallagher who spent a year with Glasgow-based indie Matchlight  was ecstatic about his year:  “It’s been such a fantastic scheme and, whilst I’m sad that it’s over, I’m really excited about what it can offer me going forward and feel very privileged to have been part of it.”

Congratulations to Leo and all the trainees & their companies:  Shelley Rai (Twenty, Twenty), Danielle Fallon (Wall to Wall), Jon Mann (Raise the Roof), Heloise Beaton (Mentorn Scotland); Caroline McIlwain (Waddell Media), Lewis Hatful (Dragonfly), Lauren Kelly (Keo) and Alex Burke (Tiger Aspect), Elisha Harrison (The Garden, Me and You, Bwark)

More information about the training programme can be found on Channel 4’s website: