ScreenSkills Film and High-end TV Trainee Finder 2019/20

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Application Deadline- Friday, December 7.

Since its launch, ScreenSkill’s Trainee Finder has helped place trainees on feature films and high-end TV shows across the UK. In order to apply, you must first sign-up for a ScreenSkills account.

Productions we have worked with include Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Mamma Mia 2, God’s Own Country, Peterloo, Stan and Ollie, and Lady Macbeth, and high-end TV dramas Bodyguard, No Offence, A Very English Scandal, Peaky Blinders, Game of Thrones and Outlander. Trainees have also been placed on children’s TV shows such as Millie Inbetween and Class Dismissed.

This winter, Trainee Finder is recruiting for its 2019-20 intake of trainees, offering paid opportunities for work placements across the UK in either film or high-end TV drama – applicants cannot apply for both schemes.

Film Trainee Finder is looking for trainees who are passionate about a career in the following departments and grades: art department, assistant director, camera, costume, edit, hair and make-up, locations, production accountants, production office (suitable for aspiring production managers), production sound (location) and video assist departments.

High-end TV Trainee Finder is seeking trainees, in the following departments and grades: art department, camera, costume, post-production (editorial), floor runner, hair and make-up, locations, sound (location) and production office runners who are committed to building a career in high-end TV drama.

How to apply

To apply, simply click the ‘Apply’ button at the top of the page. You must be logged in to a ScreenSkills account for this to show – if you don’t have an account then register here, and return to this page. Fill out the application form, remembering to attach your CV and your two references as PDF documents. Entries close at midnight on Friday, December 7.

We are looking for talented individuals from across the UK who have less than 12 months of paid experience in their chosen department. You must be able to clearly demonstrate a passion and commitment for working in film or high-end TV by providing evidence of production set experience or department specific skills or suitable transferable skills for your selected department. You must be able to provide two references.

We welcome applications from individuals who have attended ScreenSkills funded boot camps and events, such as Open Doors, as well as partner schemes such as the BFI Film Academy.

Trainee Finder seeks to ensure inclusivity in the film and high-end TV drama workforce. ScreenSkills is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity in all aspects of its work.

  • In 2017/18, candidates selected for Film Trainee Finder were 66% women, 60% from outside London and 20% black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME).
  • In 2017/18, candidates selected for High-end TV Trainee Finder were 79% women, 67% from outside London and 20% black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME).

We particularly welcome applications from under-represented groups.

Applicants must

  • Live in the UK and have evidence of the right to work in the UK
  • Have fewer than 12 months, relevant, paid experience in their chosen department and genre
  • Make yourself available for placements offered to you during your time on the program
  • Be open and flexible to consider opportunities across the UK
  • Demonstrate an interest in and commitment to the department you select
  • Ideally be able to drive or at least passed your theory test.

Please note

  • You do not need a university degree to apply
  • We welcome applicants who have transferable skills, for example from other creative sectors such as theatre, music, photography and commercial production, or from roles in other sectors such as business administration, event management, or salon styling for make-up and hair who have some relevant industry experience
  • If in full-time education at the time of applying, you must have graduated from your course by 1 April 2019
  • Any training will be subject to providing evidence of your right to remain in the UK. Failure to provide appropriate documentation may result in the training placement being withdrawn
  • All successful applicants must attend a mandatory two or three-day induction event in March in preparation for the scheme.

Reference letters

  • Ideally, you should provide two written references from professionals within the department you are applying to
  • Students or people at trainee level are not suitable referees
  • One reference may be from a tutor/lecturer/group leader
  • References can come from other related industries which demonstrate transferable skills for your department
  • Each reference should be attached as a PDF attachment and also contain the contact details of the referee and their relationship to you

References can come from current and past employers, colleagues or a tutor or mentor, and where possible we ask if these can outline why they feel you might be a suitable and successful candidate for the role you are applying and demonstrate transferable skills. We recommend that references are no longer than one page of A4 at the very most.


For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of ScreenSkills Film and High-end TV Trainee Finder 2019/20

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