Almost half of media workers start with unpaid jobs, says training body

Entry into creative jobs still based on ‘who you know’ culture, says Skillset, urging pay for graduate internships

Almost half of with jobs in the creative media – 44 percent – did unpaid work to get into their industry, research issued by the training body Skillset has found. Skillset said that entry into the sector still remains often informal and open to the “who you know” culture, rather than ensuring open opportunities for all. In an effort to counteract this, it has issued Monday best practice guidelines and case studies about a range of schemes, with feedback from interns at a large selection of media organisations, from the BBC, which offers 1,000 work experience places year, to Global Radio, which has a commercial programming internship scheme. Animation company Framestore has internships for junior animators and Channel 4’s 4Talent schemes offers six paid three month internships. Skillset said that media organisations should pay at least the minimum wage to anyone on a graduate internship, which should last no more than three to six months with working weeks of no more than 40 hours. Work experience should be limited to 160 hours and expenses should be reimbursed

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