The ITV Academy, in collaboration with Creative Access, is pleased to announce the introduction of a new traineeship in memory of the late Roger Pearce, ITV Sport’s Technical Director who passed away last year.

The chosen candidate will receive a 12-month contract, allowing them to join ITV Sport’s versatile technical team. Here, they will gain comprehensive insight into the technical production process and acquire new skills through training provided by ITV Sport’s technical facilities providers.

Applications are currently being accepted and the deadline for submission is the 26th of November 2023. The placement is scheduled to commence in mid-January. Interested candidates may apply here.

Roger dedicated 43 years to ITV, serving as the Technical Director responsible for the technical planning and operational management of ITV Sport’s broadcasts, including major events like the FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro Championships, and the Rugby World Cup.

The ITV Sport Trainee Technical Assistant will play a central role in the Sport team, providing support with planning, schedules, crew coordination, and equipment logistics for productions. ITV Sport’s impressive roster of events includes Six Nations rugby, England Women’s qualifiers and friendlies, UEFA EURO 2024 and 2028, the FA Cup, premier UK Horse Racing events, and much more.

The ITV Academy, in partnership with Creative Access, is dedicated to the recruitment of this role. This is part of a broader initiative aimed at broadening access to careers in the production industry for individuals from underrepresented groups in terms of ethnicity, disability, and lower socio-economic status. The successful candidate will also be enrolled in the Creative Access ‘Springboard’ career support programme. This programme includes an introduction to the industry, a designated mentor, monthly workshops, and ongoing career and well-being support. If prospective candidates meet the minimum criteria for the role and have disclosed their disability, ITV commits to advancing their application to the next stage.

Sarah Howard, Head of Production Operations, ITV Sport, said: “The news of Roger’s death shook the world of sports broadcasting. Roger would have been delighted to have this traineeship set up in his name. I can’t think of a better way of ensuring that his name lives on at ITV Sport.”

The ITV Academy, under the leadership of Director Sonny Hanley, consolidates both new and existing initiatives across ITV. This makes it more convenient for current production staff and those aspiring to join ITV to access training and professional development opportunities.