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:
Pact Indie Diversity Training Scheme
The Indie Diversity Training Scheme is a six-month paid scheme organised by Pact 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, providing roles as a trainee Development Researcher supporting the creative process, or an office Runner helping production teams, as well as assisting on location. To find out more and apply, click here.
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.
BAFTA's Scholarships Programme awards students in need of financial assistance to take a post-graduate course related to a career in film, television or games. Recipients receive financial support for course fees as well as mentoring from industry professionals and access to BAFTA events around the UK. To find out more and express an interest in the BAFTA scholarship, click here.
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 for an account and complete an online profile.
BBC Apprenticeships & Trainee Schemes
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. They're not focused on your qualifications - what they 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 on offer.
The BBC Extend Hub
The BBC’s Extend Hub is similar to the BBC Careers Hub but is a specialised recruitment portal exclusively for disabled people. The Hub provides a whole range of opportunities, from entry-level apprentice and trainee schemes to work experience placements and BBC roles within divisions nationwide. Contact the BBC Extend Hub by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
BBC Writers Room
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.
Channel 4 Apprenticeships Programme
One department, 12 months, and a Level 3 or 4 qualification in a related subject at the end of it. You’ll learn who’s who, what’s what and where your department sits in the overall scheme of things. A range of in-depth projects will immerse you in the detail and count towards your qualification. They're not looking for specific qualifications, but you will need to impress with your passion for your chosen area and have the potential to stand out from the crowd.
Channel 4 Industry Talent Schemes
Channel 4 has a number of different opportunities as part of their industry talent schemes, including 4Crew, 4Screenwriting, and the Channel 4 Playwright Scheme.
Channel 4 Production Training Scheme
Opportunities are 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.
Channel 4 Stories
This scheme is about seeking out fresh perspectives and distinctive voices amongst new and emerging talent. It’s about nurturing that talent and giving it the platform it deserves to reach a wider audience.
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 their website to view opportunities.
Creative Diversity Network’s Commissioner Development Programme
The Creative Diversity Network (CDN), with funding from Creative Skillset’s TV Fund, has a 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.
Creative Skillsets Production Coordinator 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 takes successful applicants to a ten-day boot camp of practical workshops to give them an overview of the industry. This includes live, documentary, drama, entertainment, features, studio and location filming.
Creative Skillsets Trainee Finder
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 the Trainee Finder website.
The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund
The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF) has three schemes to support new talent: the John Brabourne Awards, the Betty Box and Peter Rogers Comedy Writing Programme and the CTBF Richard Attenborough Scholarship for the NFTS.
Edinburgh International Television Festival Ones To Watch
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.
Edinburgh International Television Festival: The Network
The Network 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.
Film and TV Pro on Mandy.com
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.
Four Corners Film Training Programmes
Four Corners is committed to improving the diversity of the film and TV industry by encouraging BAME, female, disabled people and those from disadvantaged backgrounds to seek a career in this field. They regularly run free film training programmes that include practical film training courses, access to industry mentors and paid work placements with film and TV production companies.
My First Job In Film
My First Job In Film is home to the largest community of new filmmaking talent in the UK. They advise and guide their members using the latest film industry career guides, CV advice and case studies, as well as entry-level job opportunities including runner jobs, paid internships, assistant roles and junior positions across all departments.
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.
ITV Work Placements - Internships, Journalism Scheme and Apprenticeships
ITV offer three exciting internships for entry-level roles to support those 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. To find out more about these opportunities, visit the ITV website.
Leonard Cheshire Disability
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.
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.
Mama Youth Project
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.
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 six-week mentoring programme with industry professionals, with a view to equip them with the skills needed to kick-start their careers.
Production Base is an online industry database and community for freelancers and production companies to connect.
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.
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 and also showcases job opportunities and events. Email email@example.com to advertise an opportunity.
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 supports 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. For more information and to apply, visit the website.
The Royal Television Society
Starting a television career can be daunting but there is help available. The Royal Television Society (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 on the RTS website.
The TV Collective
From runners to directors, the TV Collective has an extensive database of members which you can join to look for roles in the media.
The TV Watercooler
The TV Watercooler is an extensive database of industry lists and networks that advertise job opportunities at every level for those working in TV and Film.
ThinkBIGGER! Writers Camp
ThinkBIGGER! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about this opportunity.