Mar 08 , 2019

Find Your Future 2019: Creative routes into media and entertainment

  • When: 8th Mar 2019, 23:59-23:59
  • Organised by: BECTU
  • Location: London
  • Price: Free
  • Age: 16-24

Are you interested in working as an apprentice or trainee in film, TV, theatre or live events? Are you between 16-24 years old? If so, 'Find Your Future' is the careers fair for you!

BECTU and Westminster Kingsway College’s (WKC) industry-led event showcases opportunities across the media and entertainment sectors. Turning the atrium of WKC Kings Cross Centre into a marketplace of employers, the day will include a programme of seminars, panel discussions, presentations and workshops looking at the routes and careers available for new entrants in TV, film, the audiovisual sector, theatre and the live events industry. We want to support young people with their career aspirations.

The event is aimed at 16-24-year-olds who are not pursuing higher education, and who are interested in finding out more about the opportunities on offer in the creative industries. However, all new entrants wishing to pursue apprenticeship or trainee routes, teachers and parents will also be very welcome. If you would like to bring a large group (eg from a school) please email Kate Elliott directly to book your places.

Confirmed employers and organisations currently include:
Ambassador Theatre Group, Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT), BECTU, Big Creative Education, Creative & Cultural Skills, Camden Apprenticeships, Channel 4, DigiEnable, DiVA Apprenticeships, London Screen Academy, Media Trust, National College Creative Industries, National Theatre, Royal Opera House, ScreenSkills, White Light, Westminster Kingsway College

Panel discussions and workshop

  • Welcome & introduction from Philippa Childs, Head of BECTU, the media and entertainment union followed immediately by:
  • 10.30am – 11.15am: What is an Apprenticeship? (and is it right for me)

What do employers look for in an apprentice? How does recruitment work? And what should you expect from any scheme? This session will also look at the key characteristics expected from apprentices and how these can help build a successful career, including current apprentices sharing their experiences – both good and bad.

  • 11.30am – 12.15pm: Apprenticeships and Routes into Theatre and Live Events

Employers and apprentices from across theatre and live events will talk about both working with, and being an apprentice - the highs and lows and what makes a great apprentice.

  • 12.30pm - 1.15pm: Getting into Film and TV

Representatives from ScreenSkills, Channel 4 and the London Screen Academy (TBC) will discuss working as an apprentice or trainee in the film and TV industry.

  • 1.30pm - 2.15pm: Digital Media
  • 2.15pm - 3pm: Reputation, Recruitment, and Rejection – Job Hunting in 2019 (interactive workshop)

Starting a new career in 2019 can be a daunting prospect. With employers becoming increasingly reliant on the internet to not only find potential recruits but also perform checks on hopeful applicants, it’s more important than ever that job hunters understand how they can use the online world to gain an advantage. Darren Jenkinson and Liz Hardwick from DigiEnable will share their top tips for building an online reputation that will get you noticed, and importantly how to protect yourself from being rejected before you’ve got your foot in the door.

Westminster Kingsway College
Kings Cross Centre
211 Grays Inn Road

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