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Making TV more diverse

One of the key roles for Creative Skillset is to open the doors to working in television, to spread opportunity and find ways for talent to flourish and develop.

This year Creative Skillset’s report The Full Picture challenged the TV industry to ask whether it has the most open and effective routes into the workforce – not just through the universities route but also via schools and communities.

Creative Skillset’s Workforce Survey 2014 revealed that over half of those working in TV had found their current job through informal recruitment methods. Just under half had done unpaid work at some point in their career and 15% of respondents attended an independent/fee-paying school (compared to 7% in the UK working population).

The prevalence of these recruitment paths is making it harder to achieve a diverse workforce. Creative Skillset is working with the TV industry to help create real work opportunities that go beyond the tried and trusted recruitment options and break down the prevailing risk-averse culture to bring in the wealth of new voices and ideas that are out there.

Making TV More Diverse

We've produced a booklet which summarises some of the best examples of how broadcasters, production companies and the wider industry are working to open up opportunities for BAME, disabled and female talent.

Download the PDF of Making TV More Diverse

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Creative Diversity Network

Creative Skillset is a member of the Creative Diversity Network (CDN). The CDN offers the opportunity to pool Creative Skillset's expertise in skills with that of broadcasters and indies to ensure the maximum social and financial benefit is achieved from the collaborative inclusive practice in diversifying the TV industry both on and off screen.

A key initiative of the CDN is Diamond. Diamond is a TV industry-wide diversity monitoring system created by the BBC, Channel 4, ITV and Sky, and supported by Creative Skillset and Pact through the CDN. It will provide consistent and comprehensive monitoring and reporting of diversity. Find out here more about Diamond.

2015 saw the launch of another CDN initiative, the Commissioner Development Programme.

The programme aims to increase the diversity of talent at commissioning level, with participation by all the major broadcasters including BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, ITV and Sky across genres including Drama, Factual and Sport.

Seven candidates were selected in the summer of 2015 and will work in commissioning teams, participating in an executive development programme of masterclasses, workshops and networking events supported by Creative Skillset’s TV Skills Fund and delivered by thinkBIGGER Ltd.

Triforce Creative Network

Creative Skillset works closely with the TriForce Creative Network, an organisation established by actors Fraser Ayres and Jimmy Akingbola. Triforce was built and developed on a strong ethos of inclusivity, aiming to open the doors of the industry to people from all walks of life.

Find out here more about Triforce Creative Network.

Mama Youth Project

Creative Skillset is also a partner of the Mama Youth Project which aims to equip 18-25 years-olds with the skills and experience to secure long-term, fulfilling employment in the TV and media industry.

Mama Youth focuses on young people from under-represented groups and those with limited educational or employment opportunities, including unemployed graduates. The project's goal is to get young people into employment and to increase diversity in the media industry.

Find out here more about the Mama Youth Project.