Return to Work scheme helps professionals re-enter the industry

Placements have been found for all participants of Return to Work, a scheme funded by the ScreenSkills High-end TV Skills Fund and delivered by Film London. The programme aims to help professionals re-enter the post and VFX sector following a career break.

A group of 11 professionals have been selected to take part in the second edition of the scheme, which offers them retraining, mentoring and a four-week paid work placement at a leading post or VFX company. All candidates will participate in four training days filled with workshops, industry meetings and mentoring sessions. In addition, 10 returners have been paired with a production company while the 11th candidate was offered a job by motion picture company DNEG.

We are pleased to confirm the following pairings between returners, mentors and productions companies:

  • Amy Mathieson – Molinare (mentor: Shuna Frood. Black Mirror: Bandersnatch)
  • Angela Groundwater – JellyFish Pictures (mentor: Marley Bryan, Blessed)
  • Caroline Bean – JellyFish Pictures (mentor: Layla Blackman, Yardie and Big Little Lies)
  • Celine Duvivier – BlueBolt (mentor: Elias Millward, Peaky Blinders, Traitors)
  • Elena Topouzoglou – DNEG (mentor: Stephan Coren, The War Of The Worlds)
  • Hong Dam – Outpost VFX (mentor: Emma Butt, Doctor Who, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance)
  • Jo Walls - BlueBolt (mentor: Sacha Guttenstein, Call me by your name and Susperia)
  • Leigh Raby – Molinare (mentor: Caroline Purkayastha)
  • Leila Wishart – Freefolk (mentor: Cristina Aragon, The Constant Gardener)
  • Ommelyla Gilani – Bait Studio (mentor: Chloe Blackwell, The Grand Tour)
  • Shaheen Schleifer – JellyFish Pictures (mentor: Gisela Evert, Isle of Dogs and King Lear)

Two mentors, Caroline Purkayastha and Elias Milward, were among the candidates of the first Return to Work scheme which ran in 2017-18.

ScreenSkills Director of High-end TV Kaye Elliott says: “ScreenSkills’ role is to support skills growth in the screen industry from new entrants to those advanced in their careers across the UK. This includes support for those wishing to return to the industry after a career break. The pace of technological change in VFX and post-production creates particular problems for parents or carers returning to work, so we hope this programme will offer constructive help for them.”


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