20th April 2017

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How RTR invests in individuals to help them grow

At Raise the Roof Productions, recently voted one of Broadcast’s Best Places to Work 2017, it’s our ethos to: ‘Develop new talent, stimulate creativity and encourage diversity in Scotland’.

Sounds great, but how do we do this? Well, the answer lies with Jane Muirhead and the Production Executive team. With the full support of Jane, the team have been working hard to make sure that these goals and values are placed at the heart of all we do.

Rewind back to early 2016 when we took on board two candidates as part of the fantastic Channel 4 Diversity Training Scheme. Schemes like this are the lifeblood of the industry and give opportunity to bright new sparks. We were delighted to welcome both a trainee co-ordinator and a trainee researcher into the company for six months. Diverse and super talented, both are now successfully on the path to exciting careers in their chosen roles.

Next came FIND Scotland which is a training scheme run by GMAC, a skills and talent development centre in Glasgow. We offered work experience, talked at boot camps and ran a placement – all for enthusiastic young and diverse people looking for a break in to the industry.

Year after year, we work with universities offering master classes with RTR experts and a two-week work placement is always up for grabs to the most outstanding and promising student. The standard is extremely high and this year has been no exception - we’ve currently got one student with us and another to follow next month. 

It doesn’t stop there. Earlier this year, we welcomed a PhD student from Dundee University who brought his researching and unique skills to our development team to inject new ideas but also take away new workplace skills himself.

The team also recently attended a Glasgow Schools careers fair where they met students and teachers from 15 of the city’s secondary schools. We are now working closely with Glasgow City Council to start offering work experience to some of the most diverse schools in our city and have plans to get ourselves to more careers fairs, give more talks in schools and meet more students. It’s all about getting our message out there – bring your creativity and be a part of our exciting company and industry.

Coming up at Raise the Roof is a Modern Apprenticeship, run with our partners at City of Glasgow College. It’s an exciting new adventure for both of us and the chosen candidate will work with us alongside studying for a Diploma in Creative and Digital Marketing. We can’t wait to get started. 

We will also be taking part in the PACT Indie Diversity Training Scheme, which provides a unique opportunity for one person to come to RTR for six months to develop their skills and be mentored by one of our talented team.

On April 20th, 2017, we literally threw open our doors open to those aged between 16 -19 years old for an ‘Open Doors’ for an event being run by Creative Skillset. It was a chance for young people to hear talks from our staff about getting into the industry, as well as eat pizza – what could be better? 

All in all, with a lot of hard work and commitment the team hope that these efforts will put us on the map as the place where new talent, creativity and diversity is welcomed, encouraged and given the time, space and commitment to develop to their full potential.  

If you think you are talented, diverse, creative or all three rolled into one and want to work with one of Broadcast’s Best Places To Work 2017, then we would love to hear from you – drop us a line at recruitment@raisetheroofproductions.com

 

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