Apprenticeships are a great way for you to develop a career in the screen industries, as they provide additional training and offer a chance for you to learn on the job. There are a number of opportunities in the screen industries for people looking for apprenticeships. Below are some practical tips for finding an apprenticeship.
If you are interested in pursuing a role within the screen industries, it is also important to remember that there is a wide range of roles in screen where apprenticeships in other areas can help to gain employment. For example, apprenticeships in construction or hair and beauty can lead to craft and technical roles in the film and television industries. Apprenticeships in accounting, business administration, marketing and catering can all lead to roles in the screen industries. To find out more about different career options in the screen industries and how to access them, go to our job profiles.
Apprenticeships are real jobs and, as such, are advertised through recruitment sites and company websites. There are government sites where you can register your interest in apprenticeships and search for apprenticeship vacancies in your local area. Apprenticeship policy is the responsibility of devolved governments. You can find out more about apprentices on the websites particular to your nation:
You should also check the websites of employers you are particularly interested in and see if they offer apprenticeship schemes or opportunities.
Apprenticeship schemes are organised by employers and usually recruit a number of apprentices across a variety of roles. They tend to be open for applications once a year, so it’s important to know when they are recruiting. There are a number of well-known apprenticeship schemes run by the screen industries from broadcasters such as the BBC, Channel 4, ITV and Sky. Increasingly, employers are working together to develop apprenticeship schemes: for example, companies such as Framestore, DNEG and others have come together with the Next Gen Skills Academy, to offer apprenticeships for the VFX industry.
Apprenticeship standards set out the knowledge, skills and behaviours that you need to demonstrate to achieve an apprenticeship. You can think of them like a job advert describing the types of work that you will be doing in your role as an apprentice. The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education provides a list of approved standards in England.
Apprenticeships are categorised by routes and there are a number of apprenticeships in the Creative and Design route that relate to job roles in the screen industries. The apprenticeship standard page lists the names of companies that were involved in developing the apprenticeship standard, and you can search those names and the companies' websites to see the apprenticeships they offer.
*standards still in development
Further education colleges usually advertise the apprenticeships which they offer locally and it is worth checking out your nearest college to see what opportunities are available. Employers also work with private training providers to deliver apprenticeship training. You can find a list of training providers who deliver apprenticeship standards in England by looking on the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education’s apprenticeship standards page and following the link to ‘Find an apprenticeship training provider that delivers this standard’ in the column opposite the main text.
The link is aimed at employers and asks you to enter your postcode and whether your organisation is a levy payer – so as you are just trying to research training providers answer either ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to see the full list of training providers that deliver each standard. This will provide you with names and website links to training providers and colleges that deliver the apprenticeship standard. You can then browse their website and follow their social media accounts to see if they have opportunities available. Websites for training providers vary and although they are often directed at employers, some allow you to register your interest.
When searching for an apprenticeship be prepared to:
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