Aardman and Plimsoll among local indies backing scheme to place 100 young people

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Bristol, one of the cities bidding to house a Channel 4 media hub, has launched a scheme to help 100 young BAME people break into TV.

The city’s mayor Marvin Rees has teamed up with local indies including Aardman Animation, Icon Films, Plimsoll Productions and Drummer TV to create 100 pathways into jobs, including apprenticeships, work experience and educational schemes.

Proposed initiatives include a new apprenticeship standard, while the indies are speaking to schoolchildren in the city about proactive measures to help recruit young talent.

Elsewhere, Bottle Yard Studios and education provider BoomSatsuma have teamed up to create a full-time Media Production Diploma, which will be hosted at the studios in the autumn.

Targeting 16-19 year-olds, it will offer skills including TV production, animation graphic design, production design and sound design, with placements available on productions in the city.

Rees, who is leading the charm offensive for C4 in partnership with local indies, said: “I hope that our communities across the city will be able to make the most of the success that our city has experienced in the last few years and that this will play a part in tackling some of the inequalities that we still see today.”

The activity is part of the city’s Creative Media Social Mobility programme.