Film programmes for new entrants

The training and placement of new entrants into the industry is vital for the growth and sustainability of UK film. 

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The Film Skills Fund supports ScreenSkills initiatives, such as our Film Trainee Finder scheme, and third-party programmes dedicated to helping the next generation of diverse, talented film professionals. These schemes help train, place, and position new entrants in the UK film industry, helping create a new generation of fresh talent and skills. The fund is investing in training in skills that are identified as priorities through research and input from leading employers on the Film Skills Council

ScreenSkills film schemes for new entrants

Film Trainee Finder
Trainee Finder is an entry-level placement scheme which matches trainees with productions to offer new industry professionals proper on-the-job experience and to ensure a continued supply of talent. 

To be eligible to receive trainees from Trainee Finder you must have agreed to contribute to the Film Skills Fund. In return, the scheme enables productions to claim back £300 per week of the trainee’s salary for up to six months of their placement on your production. 

The Trainee Finder database gives productions access to all the trainees currently part of the scheme. Productions agree on training placement dates with each trainee, as well as confirming the job role and pay. Once these factors are agreed productions inform the ScreenSkills Trainee Finder team who issue a contract.

The appointed supervisor and trainee will agree to a training plan which benchmarks the trainee's skills and learning objectives. At the end of the placement, the training plan will show how far the trainee has progressed. Subsequent placements for the trainee will build on these achievements.

Film Accounts Trainee Finder
In response to industry demand, ScreenSkills launched a dedicated Film Accounts Trainee Finder scheme. With a similar structure to Film Trainee Finder, this scheme is for those who have a specific interest in pursuing a career in film accounts.

For more details about taking on a Trainee Finder trainee, please visit the Trainee Finder page.

If you are a new entrant looking to apply to the Trainee Finder scheme, please visit the become a trainee page. Trainee Finder is currently closed for applications. Recruitment will begin again in late 2019.

Skills to Film
Skills to Film is an initiative that introduces individuals with transferable skills needed in film to the industry.

The programme aims to tackle skills shortages identified by the industry by taking advantage of existing expertise the in the local workforce. Potential candidates will be offered and introduction to the film industry with a view to helping them find roles on productions.

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