HETV Trainee Finder 2019 kicks off with induction weekend in Manchester

The successful 2019 Trainee Finder candidates attended a two-day induction weekend in Manchester to mark the beginning of their year-long placement programme in high-end TV.

photo by Jeremy Kelly

After four months of recruitment and selection, the 116 HETV Trainee Finder trainees got together for the first time on 22 March for a weekend filled with masterclasses and networking opportunities.

This year’s cohort will be placed across the sound, hair and make-up, edit, costume, camera, locations, floor runner, production office and art departments.  Following a general introduction, trainees were split into their respective departments to attend masterclasses led by heads of department (HoDs). They were able to answer any questions the new trainees might have about their future career. Camera trainees also participated in a hands-on masterclass by ProVision at Space Studios and post-production facility The Farm hosted edit trainees at its new Manchester office.

“The masterclasses with HoDs provided a great opportunity to pick the brains of somebody at the top of the department career ladder and were really useful for gaining insider tips and knowledge about our relevant departments,” art department trainee Millie Morris said.

On day two, the group rotated between four workshops. They had a chance to learn more about writing CVs and preparing for job interviews. Workshops on managing finances and on dealing with stress equipped them with skills required to work successfully as a freelancer, while a final session discussed topics ranging from time management to networking, negotiating and dealing with bullying and harassment.

Production office trainee Cynthia Sithole said: “I learned so much … Now I feel like I have a clearer path and understand everything much better. In three days I learned more than I did in three years at university. I'm also very excited to have made new friends in my city and knowing people are in the same boat made me feel better.” 

The induction weekend marks the beginning of a year-long programme during which the cohort will receive further training, on topics including safe management of production, carbon literacy and career planning,  and ongoing pastoral support when applying for and during placements on high-end television productions.

Looking forward to the opportunities ahead, Millie concluded: “The Trainee Finder induction weekend was a brilliant introduction to the world of freelance crew work. I found sessions such as David Thomas’ finance workshop particularly helpful, as it focused on the financial challenges of working freelance in a holistic way; for example, we looked at how to budget in order to maintain hobbies and activities outside of work.”

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