What really goes on behind the scenes?
Nations & Regions apprentice
Hi, my name is Heather McCorriston and I was Channel 4’s Nations and Regions Apprentice from 2015-2016.
Although my initial apprenticeship contract has come to an end, I was lucky enough to be retained within the department for a further two months and am now a permanent member of staff in the Nations and Regions department. The last time one of my blog posts appeared on the 4Talent site, I had only just started my position and so it seemed only right to provide you with a rundown of all that has happened since.
Before coming to Channel 4, I thought that the “no two days are ever the same” line was a very cliché response to the question “Why do you want to work in television?” However, this role has proved that as cliché as it sounds, it most definitely is the case. I can go from minuting meetings to helping run events to working with a different department, like 4Talent, all within the space of a week. Each one of these roles providing me with the opportunity to learn from and network with the people behind the programmes you see on Channel 4.
As I hope to go into production when I leave Channel 4, my manager helped me arrange three production placements with Scottish production companies during my apprenticeship. My first placement was with Firecrest Films, on their consumer journalism series Supershoppers. Here, I worked as part of the production team which meant that I helped out on shoots, transcribed interviews and helped out the Researchers. I then worked as a Researcher on a documentary about the Home Front during World War II with Tern TV and finally as a Researcher on Fill Your House for Free with Gok , a Daytime series by Raise the Roof. These placements have allowed me to work on three totally different programmes and get a far clearer idea of what route I want to go down when I move into production.
Throughout my apprenticeship I have continued to work with 4Talent and Creative Diversity down in London as this is something that I really enjoy. For me, the ability to move about departments and work with different teams has been one of the best things about this apprenticeship. It has allowed me to see how many different job roles there are within the television industry and gain some experience in the ones that I am most passionate about.
I have learnt so much this year and I can honestly say, without any hesitation, that it has been the most amazing year ever. The opportunities that I have been provided with thanks to Channel 4 are second to none and I know that wherever my career goes from here, I’ll always have Channel 4 to thank for starting it.