4th September 2020
Glenn Whelan worked on productions both in high-end television and children’s TV during his time as a Trainee Finder floor runner trainee.
"I have had an incredible experience during my time on the Trainee Finder scheme,” he said. “I was lucky enough to have worked on three different BBC productions through the scheme,”
He worked on the first series of the drama The Nest as well as the first series of Vigil, both set and made in Scotland for BBC One. He also spent time on the second series of the children’s show Molly and Mack, also in Scotland.
“Being a part of the scheme ensured that my training within the AD department progressed from production to production. I was constantly challenged with each new job and have developed massively as a floor runner,” he said.
“As well as the experience I have gained, the connections I have made over the past year will be invaluable to me after this scheme ends. Thanks to Trainee Finder, I was given the opportunity to form great working relationships with, and learn from, ADs working at the highest levels of TV production which I'm extremely grateful for and believe will stand to me in the future."
Cathy Stokes, line producer for BBC Children’s, said they have hosted three ScreenSkills trainees over the last two year of making the CBeebies drama Molly and Mack.
“I am very impressed with the standard of candidates put forward by ScreenSkills. All their trainees have been hard working, motivated, personable and worked well in a large team on a very busy children’s drama,” she said.
ScreenSkills Trainee Finder has placed hundreds of young, talented, creative individuals on film, high-end TV and children's television across the UK. The entry-level placement scheme matches trainees with productions who have paid into the skills investment funds (commonly known as the levies) for on-set and on-the-job training. In return, the production companies can claim back some of the trainee's salary.
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