Andy Akinwolere, Blue Peter presenter, used the opportunities provided by Move on Up to pursue his career in television.
23 September 2010
Black and minority ethnic professionals in tv and film are invited to take part in a sector specific Move on Up event on Monday 13 December 2010 at TUC Congress House, London.
Senior executives from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, BSkyB, independent production, the UK Film Council, Film London and Skillset are once again giving BME professionals the opportunity to showcase their skills and ideas in exchange for information and advice on how to progress their careers. Thanks are also due to the TUC for being our hosts.
these introductions have proved crucial for many in a contacts-driven, casualised industry where all too often work is found via networks and informal recruitment practices
Previous events have been highly praised and the December line-up promises an equally upbeat and instructive experience.
In total more than 95 executives have agreed to hold 1-to-1 interviews. Our feedback shows that these introductions have proved crucial for many in a contacts-driven, casualised industry where all too often work is found via networks and informal recruitment practices.
Pat Younge, head of BBC Vision, has a high regard for Move on Up:
"With more than 60 BBC senior programme makers and commissioners taking part, Move on Up is a key event in our calendar for networking and talent spotting. We are absolutely committed to improving the diversity of our workforce across all areas of the business and are pleased to support BECTU with this scheme.
"I'm looking forward to meeting some of the next generation of TV talent who may not otherwise have found the BBC accessible."
Alternatively, complete the Word application form and return by email
BECTU's Janice Turner, project manager, commented:
"An independent evaluation proved the success of our earlier events with BME professionals reporting subsequent opportunities they would not have secured otherwise. Some went on to get freelance or permanent jobs, programme commissions, work shadowing, continued contact with the executives, and many other benefits.
"Some reported that the boost to their confidence through participating in the event helped them to take bold decisions they might otherwise have shied away from. The employers have also found the experience extremely useful in bringing to their attention great talent that previously had been flying beneath their radar."
Faisal Quereshi, chair of BECTU's Black Members' Committee added:
"Our committee urges all BME professionals to take advantage of this staggering line up of top industry people. This event will be the best yet. You'll never get a better chance to make the contacts you'll find here."
The all day event includes 14 workshops on the following themes:
- How to work with the BBC
- Making it happen: your journey with ITV
- Writers' workshop
- The route to becoming a commissioner
- We want it, you got it?
- BBC North Opportunities
- Guide to Film London's Microwave Fund
- The multi-media landscape
- Breaking the mould
- Demystifying the BBC recruitment process
- Making it as an indie/working with indies
- Dragons' Den: developing a successful format
- How to freelance successfully
- The Pitch:do's and don'ts of documentary pitching
Move on Up is free to attend and is open to all BME professionals.
Event date: Monday 13 December
Event venue: TUC Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS. Nearest tube: Tottenham Court Road Street Map
Query about Move on Up? Contact Teresa Debrou