Whether talking about our Paris-beating croissants or filling his late-night comedy TV show with local Birmingham artwork, Joe Lycett loves this city – and never stops supporting it. Now he wants to open the industry door to young Brummies and offer them a chance to work on Late Night Lycett. You won’t need any experience or qualifications either!
The training scheme launched last year for the first series of Late Night Lycett and resulted in 26 trainees throughout production. This included four full-time roles in the production and editorial teams across six weeks, while more part-time roles were based across the camera, sound and art departments. Several runners also assisted in their chosen departments for a day.
Joe Lycett, Rumpus Media and Channel 4 have announced the return of the Trainee Programme on the second series of Late Night Lycett – which will begin filming at The Bond in Digbeth in the spring. The return of the scheme for season two offers paid production trainee roles to individuals over the age of 19 from all backgrounds who live in the areas of Birmingham, Coventry and the West Midlands.
Joe Lycett said: “I loved many things about the first series of Late Night Lycett, but this trainee scheme was my absolute favourite part of it. I love Birmingham and I love Brummies, so to see so many of them go on to further work in the industry makes me extraordinarily happy, and I can’t wait to do it all again this spring.”
Following last year’s scheme, many trainees went on to take up roles in other Midlands-based TV programmes, while all trainees have been invited to return to work on series two of Late Night Lycett. Applicants need no previous experience or special qualifications, but Rumpus Media and Channel 4’s training and development arm 4SKills are looking for people who are “bright and ambitious”.
Emily Hudd, Executive Producer of Late Night Lycett said: “Our talented trainees from series one were a brilliant cohort who all had a meaningful impact on the show; bringing a wealth of ideas and enthusiasm to the party that is Late Night Lycett… We’re thrilled that the success of last year’s scheme means we can offer a new group of trainees the opportunity to work on the show.”
The scheme is funded by 4Skills and is also supported by Create Central, Solihull College, Film Birmingham and Rumpus Media. Interviews will take place in Birmingham on February 15 and 16, with successful applicants starting in late March. If you are interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org by February 2.