Deadline Jan 14 , 2019

Trainee Finder – video assist trainee 2019/2020

  • Owner: ScreenSkills
  • Location: Nationwide
  • Age: 18+
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ScreenSkills still has space on its prestigious Trainee Finder programme for trainees in the video assist department. This opportunity would suit someone who is technically minded with an understanding of camera and formats.

Video assist operators (VAO) check the compatibility of playback systems, recording units, trolleys, batteries and external monitors with film cameras and arrive on set with the camera crew to test equipment. They are usually employed by camera equipment hire companies. Video assist trainees help VAOs with cables and general support on set.

We are looking for talented individuals from across the UK who have less than 12 months of paid experience in the video assist department. You must be able to clearly demonstrate a passion and commitment for working in film or high-end TV by providing evidence of production set experience or department specific skills or suitable transferable skills for your selected department. You must be able to provide two references.

We welcome applications from individuals who have attended ScreenSkills funded boot camps and events, such as Open Doors, as well as partner schemes such as the BFI Film Academy.

Trainee Finder seeks to ensure inclusivity in the film and high-end TV drama workforce. ScreenSkills is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity in all aspects of its work.

  • In 2017/18, candidates selected for Film Trainee Finder were 66% women, 60% from outside London and 20% black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME).
  • In 2017/18, candidates selected for High-end TV Trainee Finder were 79% women, 67% from outside London and 20% black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME).

We particularly welcome applications from under-represented groups.

How to apply

Please send a covering letter and CV to Candidates are required to have a complete and update date Hiive profile.


Successful applicants will be invited to take part in an interview either face-to-face or over the phone with a member of the Trainee Finder team and a relevant industry professional. It is mandatory that successful applicants attend a two/three day induction event in March 2018 (details on dates and locations will be announced closer to the time).

If unsuccessful at getting to interview stage, please note that due to the volume of applications we receive, we will be unable to provide individual feedback.

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