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Back to work via GEITF Scheme

Media Parents is partnering with Channel 4, Endemol, ITV and the BBC to support parents getting back into TV:

Media Parents – an organisation set up to promote flexible working and help working parents balance the demands of media and childcare – is launching a new scheme to get parents and carers back in to the TV industry following a career break.

Four successful media parents / carers will be awarded sponsored places at this year’s Guardian Edinburgh International TV Festival GEITF in August. The places will be sponsored by Endemol, ITV, the BBC, and Channel4 and the successful candidates will be awarded a delegate pass, plus accommodation in Edinburgh, with bespoke mentoring sessions from the sponsors and Media Parents. The scheme is designed to reinvigorate careers and help talented individuals get back in to the workplace.

Amy Walker, founder of Media Parents, is delighted to be launching the scheme “Media Parents has always been about keeping experienced talent in television. The key objective of this scheme is that our delegates leave Edinburgh with new levels of confidence, motivation and a network of business contacts that will support their ambitions to get back into TV and keep the industry workforce diverse.

Media Parents was set up three years ago and works with a growing number of production companies and broadcasters sharing best practice on flexible working policies in TV production, listing flexible and standard contracts for experienced TV workers, and hosting networking events. Feedback from the production community has been hugely positive. “Many people on Media Parents cannot be found on other jobsites,” adds Amy Walker, “and we are delighted to be helping to retain and reintroduce experienced talent to the industry.”

Media Parents is working with Endemol, Channel4 and the BBC to deliver the scheme. Candidates will be asked to apply for a place via Media Parents and four successful candidates will be selected to take part. Amy Walker comments “It is so encouraging that we have such prestigious partners like ITV, Endemol, Channel 4 and the BBC who have long been supporters of nurturing talent and championing the cause”.

Applicants are required to send a 300 word précis outlining their ambitions upon returning to TV and send CVs to admin@mediaparents.co.uk by 3rd August 2013 to be considered.

Candidates are required to have 3 years’ experience in TV and should not have worked continuously in TV for more than 12 weeks since their career break.

Applicants must subscribe to either the talent or network section of www.mediaparents.co.uk to apply for this scheme.

Visit www.mediaparents.co.uk to apply now. Follow Media Parents on Twitter @Mediaparents