17 April 2012
Almost 150 black and minority ethnic professionals will be meeting 70 top broadcasting executives on 9 May at the industry’s flagship diversity event, Move on Up North.
All the professionals who have applied to participate in Move on Up North have been accepted.
"This week they will all be receiving a letter informing them whether they have been successful in being selected for a meeting with the executives.
"However, they are all encouraged to try for an informal chat during tea breaks and lunch so even those who have no official appointments will no doubt still get to talk with many of those they want to see," explained project manager, Janice Turner.
The purpose of Move on Up North is to assist BAME professionals to “move on up” in their careers by facilitating good contacts with industry executives.
There is a wealth of research over many years to show that a major factor affecting BAME professionals’ chances is the informal way in which the industry hires its workforce coupled with BAME workers having fewer contacts and being less plugged into the industry’s informal networks.
Move on Up North takes place at MediaCityUK and is the ninth such event since BECTU began running them in 2003. It is being supported by the BBC, Creative Skillset and Lime Pictures.
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