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ADE_mainCHANNEL 4 wants to recruit more disabled people to work on its coverage of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

The boadcaster is investing £500,000 in two major new talent initiatives to support its commitment to ensure that 10% of the production team have disabilities.

The Rio Production Training Scheme is now open for applications and will see 24 trainees with disabilities employed for 12 months at production companies in the roles of junior AP, production co-ordinator or technical assistant.

Subject to passing a final assessment the trainees will be hired by Sunset+Vine as part of the production team for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

In addition, later this year the Channel 4 Rio Disabled Talent Fast-Track will headhunt six disabled producers currently working in the industry, with a passion for sport, and further develop their production skills to enable them to fulfil key roles within Sunset+Vine’s Rio 2016 production team.

Channel 4 will also take on at least two new disabled presenters and lead commentators.

Many of those who featured in Channel 4’s coverage of the 2012 Paralympics – including former wheelchair basketball player Ade Adepitan, pictured – have gone on to play major roles in other programming.

Deadline: February 23

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