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Top notch support at Move on Up News (2011) from journalists Clive Myrie, George Alagiah and Sir Trevor McDonald pictured with Winston Phillips from the Black Members' Committee. Pic: Rod Leon

Move on Up

Launched in 2003, Move on Up was devised and directed by BECTU’s diversity officer and the Black Members’ Committee. They did so in response to the views of BAME professionals that a major problem was lack of contacts and not being in the right professional networks. In an industry characterised by informal recruitment, the phrase ‘it’s more a case of who you know, rather than what you know’ is too prevalent.

Move on Up has proved popular with the industry and with BAME professionals alike. 

Move on Up aims to facilitate new contacts for BAME professionals and to enable executives responsible for hiring (permanent, fixed term or freelance) or commissioning to meet BAME professionals who they may not have come into contact with before. It has given the professionals better knowledge and opened communication channels which have led to new opportunities including jobs, programme commissions and a better idea of companies’ and executives' modus operandi. It has also opened the eyes of executives to the wealth of hitherto unknown BAME talent and the fact that so many BAME professionals have decades of experience.

How it works

Move on Up is a partnership between the employers and the unions.

The companies put forward to the union the names and brief job descriptions of executives responsible for hiring or commissioning, and the list is circulated to as many BAME professionals as possible who are asked: “Who would you like to have a one-to-one with?” The professional sends in a CV and showreel and indicates which executives they would like to meet. This event is not open to students.

The CV of every BAME professional is sent to every executive they have asked to see. Each executive is required to read all the CVs and send over their list of those they would like to meet.

The union is responsible for prearranging and timetabling literally hundreds of 20-minute one-to-one meetings that take place throughout the one-day event.

The participating companies, unions and other organisations are also invited to organise one-hour workshops covering issues they believe would be of value to the professionals.

Every event has been in partnership with the BBC and Creative Skillset. ITV, PACT, independent production companies, the TUC and the National Union of Journalists have been sponsors. They have focussed on different sectors, primarily film and television but also radio, news and even newspapers have taken part. 

View the programme from the 2015 event

Last page update 19 December 2017

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