Trainee Finder recruitment to be paused

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ScreenSkills’ acclaimed Trainee Finder programme will not open for full-scale recruitment this autumn but will focus instead on helping its current trainees complete the training in spite of Covid-19 challenges.

The long-running training programme places entry-level trainees on high-end TV, children’s TV and film productions, helping ensure a continued supply of talent with the skills to make world-class creative content.

However, the industry-wide production hiatus resulting from the pandemic has caused corresponding delays to the paid placement opportunities for this year’s trainees.

ScreenSkills will continue to support the 2020/21 intake of Trainee Finder for a further year, to enable all trainees to complete placements on feature films, high-end TV drama or children’s TV productions.

Senior high-end TV new entrant manager Nicky Ball said:

“We feel it is only right that the 112 trainees we recruited in April have our full support and are given an opportunity to start their career in high-end TV or children’s TV this year. In the last few weeks, we have seen a surge of inquiries come in for trainees and we are already starting to place trainees on productions, which is really positive news. In addition to this, we hope to recruit a small intake of accounts trainees in November*, a skill shortage area which we are keen to develop with the support of the HETV Trainee Finder working group.”

Film Trainee Finder lead Michelle Franklin said: “We have 138 trainees on the film Trainee Finder programme who were due to start placements from April this year. We used the lockdown to prepare them to be ‘set ready’. Film production has begun to get up and running in the last month, which is really positive. We have started engaging with productions again to make sure our cohort of trainees all get a full 12 months’ worth of placements on the studio pictures, independent and low-budget feature films we collaborate with.”

Recruitment for Trainee Finder is expected to resume in the autumn of 2021. In the meantime, ScreenSkills will continue to fund other training opportunities for new entrants and professionals at all career stages.

Go to the ScreenSkills opportunities directory for online learning modules, such as the coronavirus basic awareness on production training, masterclasses with industry experts and training courses. We also offer bursaries to help professionals further their careers.

*Update: recruiting for HETV accounts trainees will now take place in the new year.

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