A SCOTTISH training body for TV and digital careers has announced a new training programme for diverse talent looking to get into the industry.

Glasgow-based TRC’s “Rad” scheme is aimed at groups who are typically under-represented in the TV industry: those either with a disability, from black, Asian or ethnic minority communities or from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Candidates must be over 18, but there is no upper age limit, meaning that it is open to those considering a career change or returning to work.

The independent production companies taking part in the programme are: IWC Media, Hopscotch Films, Matchlight, Raise the Roof Productions, BBC Studios Pacific Quay Productions, Blazing Griffin, Firecracker Scotland, Mentorn and Two Rivers Media.

The programme is funded by BBC, Channel 4, Scottish Enterprise, Creative Scotland and Scottish Government’s Workplace Equality Fund.

“Rad” offers a 10-month paid placement as a TV researcher within a Scottish production company and monthly training sessions at TRC’s Glasgow offices, giving the trainee the kickstart they need to begin their careers in television. There are eight trainee positions available. Training will also be provided for the host companies, focusing on developing and sustaining equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Margaret Scott and Claire Scally, joint MDs of TRC said: “We’ve worked closely with production companies, broadcasters, our funding partners and a wide range of organisations promoting inclusivity to devise and deliver what we feel is a very important programme for the production sector in Scotland. We are hugely excited to launch the first edition of Rad and to promote our industry far and wide to a new generation of top TV talent.”

Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills Jamie Hepburn said: “The Scottish Government recognises the importance of increasing employment rates and tackling workplace inequalities for specific groups. We want the same employment opportunities for all so that everyone, irrespective of gender, race or disability, has the opportunity to fulfil their potential and improve Scotland’s economic performance as a result.”