West Midlands women wanting to prove their worth as stockbrokers are needed for a planned BBC documentary.
The programme, Traders, will take six people with no financial experience and after a crash-course in trading they will be exposed to the real thing.
Producer Century Films has recruited a well respected hedge fund manager who is putting in his own money and who has agreed to train the six.
Unlike The Apprentice, there is no job at the end and although there will be a prize, the programme is planned as a social experiment.
Producer Sascha Olofson said: “The stipulation is that the six people who are chosen must have no previous financial experience – or at least have never traded before.
“After being trained up in two weeks by some of the best minds in the city they will then go on to trade as a real life trader for two months.”
The programme is planning a mix of four men and two women and it is casting for the female positions Thursday and Friday.
“We would like some feisty women who think they can cut it as a trader to come forward and have a go. We know from experience that Birmingham has a reputation for producing strong women – in all walks of life – and we would like them to volunteer,” said Ms Olofson.
The criteria is wide but the producers are ideally looking for someone in the 20-40 age bracket as the pace is likely to be intense.
“It’s real money, real pressures – up at 6am when the markets open and surviving in a pressurised environment,” she said. “We are recreating a trading floor in the City of London and we are looking for people with different mind sets, from sportsmen to teachers to housewives who have put their career on hold to have children.”
“They could walk away with their own fat cat bonus if they are successful,” she added.
Century Films is a BAFTA-winning production company specialising in intelligent high-end documentaries and drama for Channel 4 and the BBC.
It has won the Best Documentary BAFTA twice in the last five years, for Make Me Normal, a documentary about a school for young people with autistic spectrum disorders, and for Feltham Sings, a film about young offenders.
Those interested in trying out at the casting sessions can contact the company on 0207 378 6106 or check the website at www.centuryfilmsltd.com.