Channel 4 to host workshops and networking event for young people in Leeds

A Channel 4 ident logo in front of Leeds's Corn Exchange.
A Channel 4 ident logo in front of Leeds's Corn Exchange.

Young people can learn how to start a career in the media industry when Channel 4 hosts workshops and discussions in Leeds.

The broadcaster's New Material scheme is a new events series for 16 to 25-year-olds with an interest in media and storytelling, but are who not sure what opportunities are available to them.

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Billed as "more than just a careers fair," the session on Saturday October 19 aims to give people all the information they need to learn about what the media industry is and what it actually involves.

The event at Lambert's Yard in Lower Brunswick Street, for which Channel 4 has teamed up with youth marketing agency Livity, is described as "place where you can develop the right skills needed to kickstart your career, figure out which job roles suit you and hear it first from the young people already smashing it in the industry".

Channel 4’s 4Talent Manager Laura Boswell said: “New Material is run by young people for young people to give them a chance to find out what it’s really like to work in the media, what skills they need and show them the variety of careers that are available.

“We want to hear from people from all kinds of backgrounds, so I’d urge people to register for a place and join us to find out about what could be the ideal career for them.”

It will comprise a mix of panel discussions featuring local young people and "the Channel 4 stars behind the camera", interactive workshops, networking sessions and live performances.

Attendees will also be introduced to Channel 4’s apprenticeships, work experience, training and talent schemes, aimed at young people with little to no experience through to those with graduate degrees.

Registration is free and visitors do not need to have a background in media to attend.

The events are now open for registration, click on the city you are interested in attending below to register.

Other sessions will take place in Birmingham, Nottingham, Glasgow and Derry and Bristol between this month and November.

Channel 4 has previously announced that it will open a new national headquarters in Leeds, and it is hoped staff will be in place by 2020.

To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/4talent-x-livity-presents-new-material-leeds-tickets-62485563001