Film Trainee Finder induction continues online

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The Film Trainee Finder trainee programme has been successfully started by this year’s cohort.

Following on from a initial induction weekend in Leeds, a further 100 trainees underwent a specially-devised online induction to launch their year on ScreenSkills’ flagship paid placement programme. The Covid-19 crisis meant it was impossible for them to meet in person.

Gareth Ellis-Unwin welcomed the cohort and reflected briefly on the challenging circumstances the industry faces. Acknowledging how daunting this may feel, he said: “I want to take a moment to remind everyone that we will get through this time. There will be a very hungry world waiting for filmed content and we are imagining quite a surge when the world gets back on its feet. How do we use the time in between? This is a real opportunity now to turn your attention to further learning, research, getting a real handle on what your working life will be like. I do also want to encourage you to start being a supportive community for each other.”

Following this, trainees participated in some seminars. Matt Gallagher (thecallsheet.co.uk) introduced them to the different types of paperwork they will come across whilst working on a production, including call sheets, production reports, scripts and amendments. He also helped them improve their CVs and cover emails to make the process of looking for work easier.

Freelance line producer Jude Winstanley talked the cohort through dealing with finances as a freelancer. Trainees were also able ask any questions about what to expect from Trainee Finder and how to make most of it.

To complete the induction, trainees will be invited in upcoming weeks to online panel chats with Trainee Finder alumni from previous cohorts and heads of department.

After completing the induction, a participant said: “Thank you again so much for making this content accessible to us during this crazy time. It really gave me the motivation I'd been needing and have loads of notes from all the super helpful advice!”

Another attendee added: “Thank you so much for putting together the induction under such trying circumstances. It was incredibly informative and answered many burning questions, plus it was great to meet everyone!”

The induction marks the beginning of a year-long programme during which the cohort will receive further training, placements on productions when filming re-commences and ongoing pastoral support when applying for positions. Training will include:

  • health and safety on set
  • group and individual support with mental health, first aid and stress management
  • mentoring forum
  • department-specific workshops

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