Never before has there been so many opportunities to kick-start your career in the media industry. Whether you want to work in Television production, in Film or learn more about the business side of media.
By taking part in an industry scheme or training programme, this can often be the first invaluable step to learning vital skills and gaining first-hand experience, which will support you in navigating this exciting and competitive industry.
Here are some of the many industry schemes and training opportunities available across the UK:
The Indie Diversity Training Scheme is a six-month paid scheme organised by Pact. The Scheme is supported by some of the top independent production companies in the business, whose output includes shows such as Have I Got News For You, Humans, One Born Every Minute, Britain’s Got Talent, Shop Well for Less and First Dates. It offers a first step into the television industry for young people. Offering roles as a trainee Development Researcher supporting the creative process, or an office Runner helping production teams, as well assisting on location. To apply for this scheme fill in the application here: http://www.thinkbigger.uk.com/application
Throughout the year, 4Talent run a variety of programmes to help those wanting to kick-start their career in the media industry and to also support those who may wish to change areas. From regional pop up events with industry professionals, to apprenticeships in Legal and Finance departments. 4Talent offer a variety of schemes for you to take your pick from; providing entry level and mid-career level roles.
The BAFTA scholarships programme is open to British Citizens in need of financial assistance to take a post-graduate course in the UK. Each BAFTA Scholar receives up to £12,000 towards their annual course fees, as well as mentoring support from a BAFTA member, and free access to BAFTA events around the UK.
Three Prince William Scholarships in Film, Television and Games, supported by BAFTA and Warner Bros., are awarded in the name of HRH The Duke of Cambridge in his role as President of BAFTA. These recipients fees are funded by Warner Bros. and additionally receive a short funded work placement within the Warner Bros. group of companies, access to a Warner Bros. mentor, and invitations to a series of industry masterclasses.
Scholarship recipients also take part in BAFTA's outreach to young people and share their learning experiences on BAFTA Guru, BAFTA's online learning channel. To express an interest in the BAFTA scholarship, apply here - https://www.bafta.org/supporting-talent/scholarships/uk-scholarships?wssl=1
The BBC Careers homepage advertises a variety of production and non-production roles across the UK from entry-level to executive level. To apply for any roles you must register an account and complete an online profile.
The BBC Apprenticeships and Trainee Schemes are for candidates who are passionate about a career in one of the most interesting, demanding and creative industries out there. We’re not focused on your qualifications - what we want to know is whether you have the drive, commitment and ideas necessary to make it in the media. Visit the website for a list of all the apprenticeships and trainee schemes we offer.
The BBC’s Extend Hub is similar to the BBC Careers Hub but is a specialised recruitment portal exclusively for disabled people. The hub is to provide a whole range of opportunities: from entry level apprentice and trainee schemes to work experience placements and generic BBC roles within BBC divisions nationwide. To discuss opportunities with some of the trainees please email email@example.com and the team will respond recommending potential candidates.
The BBC Writers Room are always on the lookout for new talent. If you are a talented, aspiring writer and are looking to break into the industry, keep an eye on the website for various opportunities throughout the year. The BBC are accepting script submissions for Comedy in 2017, the date is currently tbc.
Applications open summer 2017 which cover placements in the Legal and Finance departments as well as a runners programme and work experience opportunities. - To apply email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Channel 4’s Nations & Regions team, based in their Glasgow office, lead on Channel 4’s engagement with all production companies and creative stakeholders outside of London. Our work encompasses ideas and company development, new talent support, nationwide year round creative briefings, and most importantly, leading on Channel 4’s commitment to increasing its Nations spend to 9% of content and hours by 2020. This scheme runs for a duration of 3 months, giving you the opportunity to work alongside the Channel 4 Diversity Team, capturing data and maintaining the Channel 4 Nations & Regions company database, while also assisting the All 4 Games team in coordinating events, tracking game performance metrics and helping ensure players have a great experience. Keep an eye on the website for opportunities for 2017.
Channel 4's highly successful Production Training Scheme is back! Opportunities will be available at a variety of television productions companies working across Drama, Factual and Comedy content. The scheme offers paid 12 month contracts alongside monthly training delivered by ThinkBigger delivered at Channel 4 HQ, to give you an amazing and rounded foot in the door of the TV production sector. You will be working as a coordinator or a researcher with one of Channel 4's production partners. This is a real job, with real responsibilities. To apply email email@example.com
Keep an eye on the website throughout the year to express an interest in taking part in this interest email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Creative Access provides opportunities for paid internships in the creative industries for talented young people from under-represented black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, with a view to improving their chances of securing full-time jobs and, in the longer term, increasing diversity and addressing the current imbalance in the sector. Visit the website to view the list of job opportunities.
The Creative Diversity Network (CDN), with funding from Creative Skillset’s TV Fund, has launched its second pan-industry programme aiming to widen the diversity of commissioning with senior talent working within Commissioning teams at Broadcasters including Channel 4, ITV, Channel 5, Sky and the BBC. Genres include factual, drama, sport and factual entertainment.
The CDN are looking for outstanding candidates with considerable media experience who want to develop their understanding of commissioning. Applications will be invited from people with a strong track record in television production as well as other areas of the creative industries and digital services. Applications will be encouraged from under-represented groups, particularly those with BAME backgrounds or those with a disability. To apply, visit - http://creativeskillset.org/latest/press_office/4489_launch_of_second_commissioner_programme
The Creative Skillset Production Coordinator Programme is suitable for runners, assistants, production assistants and production management assistants who wish to pursue a career in production management.
The programme will take successful applicants to a ten-day boot camp of practical workshops which will give them an overview of the industry. This includes live, documentary, drama, entertainment, features, studio and location filming.
It will cover key disciplines including budgeting and negotiating, rights, paperwork, reporting, setting up filming and setting up a studio. To apply, email email@example.com
Trainee Finder matches exceptional individuals to training placements in animation, film, games, TV and VFX. Through Trainee Finder, companies in those industries get the chance to hire the best trainees in the business. If you already have some industry experience or good quality training under your belt, then you could apply to be a trainee. If you're approved, you'll be added to the Trainee Finder database which companies can search to find the right trainee for their business. To apply, visit - https://app.hiive.co.uk/trainee-finder/
The Edinburgh International TV Festival has 30 FREE Ones to Watch places to award to the rising stars of the TV industry. Applying to Ones to Watch is the first part of the next big step in your career.
Ones to Watch gives television’s best and brightest access to four days of inspiring sessions, creative debate and unrivalled networking opportunities at Edinburgh in August, as well as support and mentoring throughout the year. A place on Ones to Watch is a life-changing, money-can’t-buy opportunity. To register your interest, apply here - https://www.cvent.com/surveys/Welcome.aspx?s=88765960-ffcf-4a73-97bf-6930a0b9afc6
The Network 2017 takes place 22 – 25 August 2017 and is a free intensive introduction to working in the TV industry, run by the world’s leading TV festival. If you’re looking to start a career in television, this is the scheme for you. You don’t need to have had any experience of working in television BUT you will have to demonstrate that you LOVE TV.
Earn one of the 50 places on The Network and you’ll spend 4 days in Edinburgh learning practical TV making skills from top programme makers, giving you a taster of what it’s really like to work in television. Mingle with the cream of the British TV industry and make loads of new contacts, whilst working with the teams behind shows like A Question of Sport, Sky News, Holby City and Blue Peter. You’ll also be paired with an industry mentor, and get access to exclusive alumni events and job placements. To apply, register here - http://www.thetvfestival.com/talent-schemes/the-network/apply/
Film and TV Pro UK is an online database which consist of Film and TV industry news, resources, events, networking tools and a jobs board to search for job opportunities. To register email – http://www.filmandtvpro.com/uk/signup/as/crew
Four Corners Film Training Programmes
Four Corners is committed to improving the diversity of the film/TV industry by encouraging BAME, female, disabled people and those from disadvantaged backgrounds to seek a career in this field. We regularly run FREE film training programmes that usually offer our diverse trainees the opportunities to succeed in the industry by providing the following: Free, practical film training courses, industry mentors, paid work placements with film/TV production companies.
My First Job In Film is home to the largest community of new filmmaking talent in the UK. We advise and guide our members using the latest film industry career guides, CV advice and case studies and we also provide them with good quality, entry-level job opportunities including runner jobs, paid internships, assistant roles and junior positions across all departments.
To find out more about our work, to advertise a film course, or to tell our members about a job opportunity, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
InterMediaUK was set up by Creative Skillset’s LGBT employee group and Stonewall in 2012. It is an LGBT network group for people working across the media spectrum. Currently there are members from TV, film, publishing, advertising and computing and there is an annual mentoring scheme which you can register for. To sign up to the 2017 mentoring scheme visit - http://www.intermediauk.org/be-mentored/
ITV offer three exciting internships for entry-level roles to support you starting a career in media. The News Journalism scheme lasts for nine months and runs every year, supporting those committed to a career in journalism through their writing, work experience or academic choices so far. A 12 month Apprenticeship programme for those who do not have a University Degree and are keen to learn about what we do. And two-week work experience placements that offer behind the scenes opportunities to learn the ropes across the business. To express an interest in any of the programmes visit -http://www.itvjobs.com/workinghere/entry-careers/
The Leonard Cheshire Disability Organisation helps disabled people get a career in mainstream media; to broaden the positive influence that people with a disability have in deciding how their lives and circumstances are portrayed in the media. Leonard Cheshire Disability run a programme of summer internships called Change 100 once a year, where they aim to unlock the untapped potential of students and graduates with disabilities. It gives organisations access to a talent pool bursting with ability, creativity and insight. To express your interest in taking part in the Change 100 Summer Internship please call 07804 066 778 or email: email@example.com.
Media parents is a website and organisation which aims to pull all the short term, regular hours, job share and part time jobs in media into one place, to help freelance working parents or anyone who wants to work flexibly to balance the demands of media and other commitments, and to make it easier for employers to find this highly skilled and experienced part of the media workforce. To register an account and start applying for roles visit - http://www.mediaparents.co.uk/signup/?t=freelancer
The MAMA Youth Project (MYP) aims to equip young people aged between 18-25 years with the skills and experience necessary to secure long-term, fulfilling employment in the TV and media industry. With particular focus on young people from under-represented groups, Mama Youth empower their trainees by teaching them the relevant skills to film the Sky Arts TV series ‘What’s Up’ as part of their training. To apply for roles email– firstname.lastname@example.org
Mandy.com is an online portal for TV & Film creatives to advertise job opportunities of all levels, including actors, production crew and on-screen talent. Register to access the database and to advertise an opportunity.
The UK’s leading communications charity, works with the media industry to empower charities and communities to have a voice and be heard. The Media Trust also provide skills-based training opportunities for young people in addition to a 6-week mentoring programme with industry professionals, with a view to equip them with the skills needed to kick-start their careers. Email RobB@mediatrust.org and JasmineD@mediatrust.org to advertise an opportunity.
Production Base is an online industry database and community for freelancers and production companies to connect directly. Register to access the talent database and to advertise an opportunity.
Project Noir is a diverse, creative online Facebook group that includes writers, presenters, film crew and photographers which circulates job opportunities including entry-level positions amongst the network to support BAME creatives looking for work in the UK Film & TV industry. Join the group online and introduce yourself to the group to get started.
Scene TV is an online platform which promotes diversity and challenges everyday perceptions, for those who are already working in TV or pursuing a career in the industry. It’s a popular go-to website for young creatives to read discussion pieces on relevant industry news which also showcases job opportunities and events.
Sky Academy Starting Out opens up Sky to young people, offering work experience and employment opportunities to help them prepare for the world of work. Sky also support them to gain experience in their chosen career path, and encourage them to share their ideas and take on new challenges so they get the best start to working life. To apply visit -https://www.skyacademy.com/get-involved/
With over 4,000 members the Call Sheet is an online directory of over 50,000 people, including BAFTA and OSCAR Award-winning talent. To gain access to the jobs boards register here: http://www.thecallsheet.co.uk/user/register
Starting a television career can be daunting but there is help available. The RTS supports those wishing to study at university through its bursary schemes, but if its hands-on experience you're after, broadcasters and production companies offer a variety of training schemes for entry-level candidates. Find the right course for you here - https://rts.org.uk/education-training/entry-level-training
With over 40,000 members, the TV Collective provides access to the latest industry news, events, and development, training, networking and job opportunities at all levels, aimed at improving diversity within the industry. From runners to directors, the TV Collective has an extensive database of members which you can join to look for roles in the media. To join the network visit - http://members.thetvcollective.org/register/
The TV Watercooler is an extensive database of industry lists and networks that advertise job opportunities at every level for those working in TV & Film.
Think Bigger run a six-month programme sponsored by Creative Skillset for aspiring writers and script editors with disabilities. Giving 5 new writers and 5 new script editors the chance to enter the industry and shake things up, all while getting their new stories and voices heard. If you’re a budding writer with a great idea for a script, please email email@example.com to find out more about this opportunity.