Vice Apprenticeship Program Seeks Parolees and Individuals on Probation

Shane Smith is deservedly proud of a new initiative announced today.

Vice Media continues to push the envelope, today with the announcement of a most admirable 2017 apprenticeship program.

Typically, a criminal record is a liability for those applying for full-time employment. Not so in the case of the Vice Apprenticeship Program, as Vice Media, together with the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), is specifically looking for such individuals.

From the announcement:

The six-month apprentice program will provide formerly incarcerated people who have little to no college or workforce experience with skills across a range of fields, including production, editorial, marketing and other creative jobs, at Vice’s Brooklyn headquarters, paying $15 per hour for 40 hours per week.

Participants will gain access to some of the best creative and strategic minds in media and take advantage of VICE’s state of the art production facilities, including edit suites, voiceover studios, screening rooms, virtual reality and more.  Participants will work across VICE’s digital channels, newsroom, television and film operations, and other divisions.  The apprenticeship is open to anyone on parole, or anyone between the ages of 18 and 25 on probation, based in New York City.

“While working with President Obama on Fixing the System – our documentary on prison reform – I was struck by the high recidivism rate, and by the fact that once you enter into the system it is indeed very hard to get yourself out,” said Vice co-founder and CEO Shane Smith. “I am very proud to be a part of this program to try and alleviate some of these issues by putting our money where our mouth is. It is admittedly a small step, but hopefully other media companies will follow suit and not only push for change, but also nurture a whole new group of producers, shooters, cutters and hosts that will offer a new perspective not only on prison reform, but life itself.”

The key words here: “…hopefully other media companies will follow suit.” Bravo to Smith, CEO and Vice Media. Those interested in being a part of the Vice Apprenticeship Program are being asked to forward their information via email to Good luck!

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.
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