Trainee Finder recruitment now open

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Trainee Finder, ScreenSkills’ highly-respected programme of paid placements for new entrants into film and children’s and high-end television, opens today with at least 250 places available.

The programme is open to candidates with less than a year’s paid experience in their chosen role or department from a range of jobs where there are skills shortages.  

Applicants can apply for Film Trainee Finder or for High-end TV Trainee Finder which includes the opportunity to work in children’s television.  For full details of criteria and to apply go to Film Trainee Finder or High-end TV Trainee Finder. Applications will close on 5 December.

The Trainee Finder teams and current trainees will take part in a webinar at 6pm today with the chance to ask questions. Book now for the webinar. It will be available to watch online at a later date.

A series of online Open Doors events, where you can hear from people already working in the industry are open to people based anywhere in the UK. Book now for a session nearest to you: London and South EastNorth East and YorkshireScotlandNorth West and Midlands, Northern Ireland, Wales and South West

Additionally, we are hosting a series of online events focusing on different departments available for placements through Trainee Finder: accounts, art department, edit, sound, locations and script supervisor

Trainee Finder trainees receive an induction into the industry which includes sessions that cover set etiquette, health and safety, mental health and wellbeing and being a freelancer alongside paid placements over the course of a year.  

The programme is funded by contributions from productions to the ScreenSkills Skills Funds in children’s TV, film and high-end TV. Productions that contribute to the funds are encouraged to offer training opportunities to the trainees and receive a subsidy to support their salary.  

The Trainee Finder programme has run since 2013 in its current form but started earlier in film. It has had notable success in matching participants on productions including films such as Fantastic Beasts, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and 1917, high-end TV including Sex Education, ShetlandPeaky Blinders, The Crown and All Creatures Great and Small and children's TV including My Mum Tracy Beaker, Molly & Mack, and Andy and The Band.

Claire Anne Williams, one of Trainee Finder’s hair and make-up alumni, was this year named by Screen International on its 2021 list of UK and Ireland Stars of Tomorrow. Go to Stars of Tomorrow to read more.

You can read about the experience of other former Trainee Finder trainees on the website. They include:

As a courtesy, please do not contact these individuals with questions - there are contact details for ScreenSkills on the application pages.

Applications are particularly encouraged from those currently under-represented in the industry including disabled, Black, Asian and minority ethnic talent and those in the nations and regions, because we are committed to creating a more inclusive and diverse workforce.

Recruitment has recently closed for Animation Trainee Finder, which has been revived after a break thanks to the support of UK animation productions that have paid into the Animation Skills Fund.


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