High-end TV Trainee Finder 2022-23

1 Apr 2022, 00:00 - 31 Mar 2023, 00:00
Application deadline
5 Dec 2021

Applications close at 23:59, this Sunday 5 December 2021.

What is High-end TV Trainee Finder?

High-end TV Trainee Finder is an entry-level placement programme that places trainees on high-end TV and children’s TV productions to ensure a continued supply of talent, capable of making world-class creative content. Participants become part of an industry-recognised group of trainees and receive exclusive access to training placements across the UK.

In previous years trainees have been placed on high-end television productions including Peaky Blinders, The Crown, Annika, Dalgleish, The Pursuit of Love and All Creatures Great and Small. Children's TV productions that have offered placements to trainees include My Mum Tracy Beaker, Molly & Mack, Andy and The Band and The Dumping Ground.

Application Information

ScreenSkills HETV Trainee Finder 2022-23 is now open for applications. Applicants are invited to apply to either Film or High-end TV (which includes children's TV placements) - please note you cannot apply to both. If you are interested in applying for film Trainee Finder click here.

High-end TV Trainee Finder is looking for trainees wanting to pursue a career in high-end television (or children’s TV) in the following departments and job roles:

To find out more about each job role, please explore the ScreenSkills job profiles linked above. For more information on what it is like to be part of the programme and to hear from trainees past and present, watch our webinar Why ScreenSkills Trainee Finder could be the programme for you.

How to apply

You will need to have a ScreenSkills account to apply for Trainee Finder. If you do not already have an account, you can register here.

To apply for High-end TV Trainee Finder, click on the 'apply' button above – please note you cannot apply for both Film and High-end TV Trainee Finder.

In the application, you will asked to attach a copy of your CV in PDF format. If you require an alternative format of the application please contact info@screenskills.com

Applications close at 23:59 on Sunday 5 December 2021.


Applicants must:

  • Live in the UK and have evidence of the right to work in the UK
  • Have completed full-time education by 31 March 2022– please note you do not need a university degree to apply
  • Have less than 12 months, relevant, paid experience in their chosen department and genre
  • Demonstrate adequate research into the HETV Trainee Finder programme
  • Make themselves available for placements offered to them, during their time on the scheme
  • Demonstrate an interest in and commitment to their chosen department

We are looking for talented individuals from across the UK who have less than 12 months of paid experience in their chosen department and genre. You must be able to clearly demonstrate a passion and commitment for your job role of choice by providing evidence of one or more of the following:

  • working on set
  • looking for / finding paid or unpaid work experience
  • department-specific skills
  • suitable transferable skills for your selected department.

We welcome applications from individuals who have attended ScreenSkills funded boot camps and events such as Open Doors, First Break and from those who have graduated from ScreenSkills endorsed courses or from partner schemes such as the BFI Film Academy.

We particularly welcome applications from under-represented groups, because we are committed to creating a more inclusive and diverse workforce.

ScreenSkills is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity in all aspects of its work.

Of candidates placed on High-end TV Trainee Finder in April 2020, 68% were women, 75% were from outside London, 8.4% were disabled talent and 22% were from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

Please note: we welcome applicants who may 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 make-up and hair applicants with salon experience

Any training will be subject to the applicants providing evidence of their 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 three-to-four day virtual induction. Dates are TBC but will likely take place on 18th, 19th 20th and 26th of March 2022 in preparation for the scheme. Further details will be announced at the interview stage.

Judging information

The Trainee Finder team will shortlist applicants based on their application, ScreenSkills profile and CV. Successful applicants will be invited to take part in an interview, which will likely take place on zoom, with a member of the Trainee Finder team and a relevant industry professional.

If unsuccessful in getting to the interview stage, please note that due to the volume of applications we receive, we will be unable to provide individual feedback.

We anticipate that all candidates who will be asked to attend an interview will be notified by Friday 14th February 2022. All candidates will be notified of the success of their application by Friday 4th March 2022.

If you are called to interview, you must supply two written references. You must include the current contact details of your referees so that we can contact them. References can come from current and past employers, colleagues and/or a tutor or mentor.

They should be no longer than one page of A4 and should include the following:

  • A paragraph or sentence that explains how they know you eg are they a colleague, employer or former employer?
  • Details of how long the referee has known you
  • Having looked at the trainee role that you are applying for, what are the qualities, characteristics and capabilities they feel are important to highlight to us?
  • Any other supporting examples of your skills, accomplishments and/or work that demonstrate that you are a good candidate for the scheme
  • Current contact details (email and telephone) for the referee so that we can contact them.

ScreenSkills is an equal opportunity training provider. All applicants are judged solely on their ability and skills to undertake the trainee role for which they are applying. However, where applicants are equally qualified, in order to address under-representation in the industry, we may consider a protected characteristic to determine who should be appointed. We consider that this positive action would be a proportionate means of achieving our legitimate aim, namely, to improve diversity in the industry, and is compliant with the Equality Act 2010.

In order that we can comply with our reporting obligations, that we can appropriately monitor our data, and to inform our recruitment decisions in relation to positive action (described above), you are requested to provide this information on your ScreenSkills profile, which will be treated in the strictest confidence. We will ask for explicit consent of this on the application. 



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