Trainee Finder increasing recruitment for 2019

ScreenSkills’ acclaimed Trainee Finder programme has increased recruitment in 2019 to meet demand.

The long-running programme matches trainees with paid work placements on feature films, high-end TV and children’s TV shows. Previous productions which have employed ScreenSkills trainees include Fantastic Beasts, Lady Macbeth, Game of Thrones and The Worst Witch.

This year, Film Trainee Finder will double recruitment numbers to take 150 candidates, while High-end TV Trainee Finder will also increase recruitment from 80 to 120.

Candidates must have less than 12 months of paid experience in film or TV and can apply for placements in departments including camera, art, assistant director, production office, locations, video assist, costume, hair and makeup, sound and film accounts.

In light of the production boom, Georgia Lowe, producer on Mike Leigh’s Peterloo, described the scheme as “crucial, because there’s lot of production happening – which is a great situation to be in – but we must maintain the quality of what the UK can offer, and make sure it’s not just from the people in London who know someone.”

We must maintain the quality of what the UK can offer, and make sure it’s not just from the people in London who know someone

Georgia Lowe, producer of Peterloo

ScreenSkills welcomes applicants to Trainee Finder from diverse background and the nationwide scheme recruits from all across the UK. Last year, 60% of film and 67% of high-end TV trainee were from outside of London. 66% of film and 79% of high-end TV trainees were women, and 20% of both film and high-end TV trainees were from a black, Asian or minority ethnic background.

High-end TV Trainee Finder alumni Rosa Nolan Warren worked in the art department of Stan Lee’s Lucky Man. She said that “getting on Trainee Finder was like giving me a key to a locked door, it’s brought momentum and focus to my career… It’s been the perfect springboard and it’s only up from here.”

ScreenSkills Head of Film Gareth Ellis-Unwin said: “From studio blockbusters to independents, we work with some of the biggest names in film as well as those making debut features to make sure that Trainee Finder trainees add genuine value to the production while receiving invaluable experience.”

ScreenSkills Director of High-end TV Kaye Elliott said: “One of the successes of the scheme has been that so many productions want to be involved… Everyone benefits – the trainees, the productions and the long-term success of television production.”

Applications are open from 12 November to 7 December. Applicants two references but do not require a university degree. There is no upper age limit to permit applications from people seeking to transfer their skills from other sectors to film or TV.

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