Support a Trainee Finder trainee

Productions that contribute to the appropriate industry skills fund - commonly known as levies - have exclusive access to ScreenSkills' pool of  talented trainees.

Support a Trainee Finder trainee
Image: Everybody's Talking About Jamie (c) Amazon Studios

Applications for Film and High-end TV and Children’s Trainee Finder open on 23 October 2023.

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Find out more information about the Animation Trainee Finder programme. 

Trainee Finder is an entry-level placement scheme which places trainees on film, children's live-action TV,  high-end TV and animation productions to ensure a continued supply of a new generation of talent, capable of world-class creative content. Trainees become part of an industry-recognised group of trainees, receiving exclusive access to training placements.

Trainees have been placed on films including After Love, Everybody’s Taking About Jamie and The Batman and high-end TV dramas such as Peaky Blinders, Killing Eve, Derry Girls, Sex Education, The Nest and Avenue 5. Children's productions taking trainees include  So Awkward, Get Even, Molly & Mack, The Demon Headmaster and The Secret Life of Boys.

Taking trainees through Trainee Finder enables you to claim funding from ScreenSkills for part of the duration of the trainees' time on the production. In order to take on Trainee Finder trainees on your production, you must be a paying member of either the Film Skills Fund, High-end TV Skills Fund or Children's TV Skills Fund.

Taking trainees through Film Trainee Finder enables film productions to claim up to £300 per week of a trainee’s salary with a placement lasting anytime between four and 24 weeks. The total financial contribution depends on several factors, including the budget of the film.

Taking trainees through High-end TV Trainee Finder enables TV productions to claim back £325 per week of a trainee’s salary for up to 50 weeks (ScreenSkills suggests that this support is used to fund more than one trainee, and up to three trainees, e.g. three x 16 weeks). 

Taking trainees through Children’s TV Trainee Finder enables children’s TV productions to take on three trainees for up to 12 weeks each, and claim back £250 per week of a trainee’s salary.

To request a film trainee please email Celia Small to request a high-end TV or children's TV trainee please email Daisy Parry.

If you would like more information about becoming a trainee yourself please visit the become a trainee page.