Trainee Finder open for recruitment

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ScreenSkills’ acclaimed Trainee Finder scheme has opened for recruitment.

The long-running, entry-level training programme places trainees on high-end TV, children’s TV and film productions to ensure a continued supply of talent, capable of making world-class creative content. Participants become part of an industry-recognised group of trainees.

In previous years trainees have been placed on films including Aladdin, Mamma Mia 2, Wonder Woman, Maleficent Mistress of Evil, Little Joe, Sorry We Missed You, Downton Abbey (the movie), Dumbo and Where Hands Touch.

High-end TV productions that took on trainees last year include Killing Eve, Peaky Blinders, Fleabag, Sanditon, Derry Girls and Last Tango in Halifax. Children's TV productions that have offered placements to trainees include Hetty Feather, Molly & Mack, Get Even and Mimi on a Mission.

This year, Film Trainee Finder will recruit 150 candidates, while High-end TV Trainee Finder (which also offers placements on children's TV shows) will accept 100 new trainees. 

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, visual effects and accounts.

ScreenSkills welcomes applications from under-represented group and from across the UK. In 2019/20, 77% of film and high-end TV trainees were from outside of London and around a fifth of recruits from both programmes were from a black, Asian or minority ethnic background. In terms of gender, 68% of film trainees were women and the figure was 72% for high-end TV.

High-end TV Trainee Finder alumna Anna Alcock, who completed placements in the costume departments on Killing Eve and War of the Worlds, said: “Doing the Trainee Finder scheme really set me up. Although the work takes over your life and it’s quite hard to plan, I love what I do, and hope next year to work on an even longer job.”

Film Trainee Finder alumna Lauren Byrne, who worked in the camera departments of Dumbo, Gwen and Only Ivan, said: “I thought that living in the North East would restrict my opportunities. Eventually, I came across ScreenSkills. I had nothing to lose so applied for their Trainee Finder training programme. It paid off. Without ScreenSkills it would have been difficult getting into film.”

Applications are open from 7 November to 15 December.

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