Advocacy group opens entries for this year’s mentor scheme

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Rise has launched its third annual mentoring programme, continuing its efforts to foster gender diversity in the broadcast manufacturing and services sector.

The gender advocacy group is looking to work with 20 mentees from the operations, engineering, sales, marketing, and business sectors of the broadcast industry. It’s free and open to women who are already working in the area, or who aspire to a career in broadcast but are currently working in another industry. The deadline for entries is 17th March 2020 and you can apply online.

The initiative runs for six months, and each mentee will receive at least 12 hours of mentoring from their industry professional. They will also be able to meet with their mentee group every month and attend industry networking events and workshops.

Mentees from the 2019 intake were positive about the impact of the programme. One said: ”Thank you for putting your money where your mouth is when it comes to supporting women in our industry. I never imagined how dramatically six months could change my career, my outlook, and my goals – now I feel like the sky is the limit.”

The mentoring scheme is one of a number of initiatives from Rise that aim to help bring more women into the broadcast industry. It also runs ‘Rise Up’, a school outreach programme that looks to educate children about broadcast technology, supported by Sky And BT Sport. It also gives out ’Rise Awards’, which celebrate the achievements of women in the sector.

The mentoring scheme is sponsored by Avid and Sky, with extra support from Clear-Com, Audio-Technica Europe, Ross Video, and DPP.

Carrie Wootten, director of Rise, said: “The programme continues to deliver above and beyond the expected impact for all involved, mentees, mentors, as well as industry partners supporting it.”