Become a mentor

Become a mentor
Become a mentor
Date
30 Apr 2021, 00:00 - 1 Mar 2022, 00:00

The ScreenSkills Mentoring Programme runs across film, television, animation, visual effects and games throughout the UK. Mentoring is a personal and professional development partnership in which someone shares their experience and knowledge with someone who wants to grow and progress: it’s a two-way confidential partnership of development, dialogue, learning and challenge. ScreenSkills offers structured, professional support to mentoring pairs and free training, resources and guidance. 

We are always looking for volunteer mentors from across the screen industry to give six hours over six months to a mentee. Mentors need not be experts in their field as someone in the early stages of their career can mentor someone wishing to enter the screen industry. 

Mentoring meetings can take place over over video call, phone call, email or in person. Mentees are expected to drive the partnerships. ScreenSkills mentoring seeks to support mentees from underrepresented groups and at different stages of their career, as well as tackling skills gaps as identified by BFI and ScreenSkills research. 

Do you…

  • Have relevant, current industry experience?
  • Want to cultivate and develop the future workforce?
  • Want to share knowledge?
  • Want to give back?
  • Want to improve your leadership and management skills?
  • Want to extend your network?
  • Want to develop your communication skills?
  • Want to boost your job satisfaction?

If you are interested in being part of the mentoring scheme as a mentor, we want to hear from you! Once you are matched you will be offered guidance and support to ensure you are able to give of your best, and get the best, from mentoring. We will also ask you to complete a mentoring agreement. 

Take the next step

  • Give six hours over six months, divided as you like
  • Develop as a leader and manager
  • Meet remotely
  • Receive structured support and guidance
  • Understand what is involved by taking our ‘Mentoring for mentors’ online module

The mentee is expected to drive the partnership by organising meetings and preparing goals and questions. This is not about the mentor giving the mentee their next job or indeed unpaid work to do. It is about the mentee and their development and confidence in the workplace. 

We welcome registrations from underrepresented groups because we are committed to creating a more inclusive and diverse workforce. If you are disabled and require an alternative format of the registration form or have questions about ScreenSkills mentoring, please contact us at mentoring@screenskills.com. When you are matched with a mentee, you can also let us know of any reasonable adjustments required.

 

Mentor testimonials: 

“Being a mentor is a hugely rewarding experience, has helped to broaden my understanding of the experiences of and challenges faced by those moving up through TV and has given me a fresh insight into our industry. I can honestly say I've got as much out of it as I have given and would thoroughly recommend other people to get involved” – Series Producer, Television

 

“It’s been really beneficial to share my experiences with someone who is just getting started on their journey in the industry and I have found the process of guiding them, and hopefully avoiding any of the pitfalls I have encountered, very rewarding and I would highly recommend it” – Producer, Animation

How to apply

As a mentor, you can apply at any time. To register to be a mentor, there are two simple steps:

1. Create a ScreenSkills profile. Please follow this link to do so.
2. Return to this page and click the ‘apply now’ button to complete a short form.

The application helps us find the right match for you, so the more information you can give us, the better.

Matching will be done on what you tell us when you register, and what the mentee is looking for. This project runs to March 2022. If you have any questions, please contact: mentoring@screenskills.com.

The ScreenSkills Mentoring Programme is supported by the BFI with funds from the National Lottery under the BFI’s Future Film Skills Strategy. 

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