If you are selected, you will undertake a six-month paid placement on our London Scheme, eight-month paid placement on our Scottish Scheme, with an independent production company, allowing you to develop your talents in a thriving business environment. In addition, each participant is partnered with a senior-level mentor from within their company, and receives bespoke training from the Indie Training Fund in areas such as copyright, storytelling, camera operating and much more. Although the Scheme is designed to be a way into TV, it also aims to equip trainees with the tools and know-how to sustain a career in what we all know is a very competitive environment, and we are proud that 77% of our trainees to date are still working in the TV sector.

Our 2024 Pact Indie Scheme

LONDON - Unfortunately we shall not be running a scheme during 2024 but we do expect to be able to open this oppotuniry up to new under-represented diverse talent in 2025. 

thinkBIGGER! are our preferred recruitment provider please do use this link to see other opportunities they are recruiting for - Opportunities & Schemes for work in TV • thinkBIGGER!

SCOTLAND - this year we have moved to a retention scheme providing our Trainees from the 2023/24 with an additional 6 month placement due to end on 25th October 2024. We hope to be able to run a new scheme to introduce new entrants into the industry in 2025. 

We are delighted to be working with Screen Scotland (previously Creative Scotland) to deliver our Scottish Pact Indie Scheme. They provide significant funding towards the salaries, recruitment and training of all our placement trainees. Please use this link to find out more. 

What would I be doing on the Scheme?

This scheme offers a first step into the television industry.

It won’t always be glamorous, but it’s a fantastic opportunity to kickstart your career.

You’ll be asked to do everything from getting teas to delivering props. With every task you will be gaining an incredible insight into how television works – and where you might fit into the industry.

Roles as runners usually lead you into the industry in two directions -- by reading the accompanying job descriptions, you can learn about what you might progress onto:

What will I get paid?

You will get the London or Scottish Living Wage depending on which Scheme you are successfully selected for. 

How long is the contract?

The length of the placement  is -

  • London - six-months
  • Scotland - eight-months

What training is on offer?

You’ll have a full programme of training which will be a mixture of face to face classroom style and online sessions, delivered during the week, normally half a day. The training will cover all genres within the industry and teach you everything you need to know to build a career in television production. 

Some of the training sessions are -

  • Induction - Hitting the Ground Running / Ready for the Workplace
  • Sustainable Resilience
  • Presentation & Public Speaking
  • Researchers Survival Guide
  • TV Development Bootcamp
  • Researchers Surviva Guide
  • Networking and Social Media Skills
  • Production Management
  • Finance Management
  • Introduction to Scripted
  • 2 days camera training
  • Career Mapping
  • and much more.....

Don't forget you will aslo have an experienced mentor assigned to you, you shall meet them regularly, so you also have a competent and confident person to support you. 

The independent production companies are participating in the 2023 Scheme are:


  • Raise the Roof
  • Firecrest
  • Studio Something
  • Lion TV
  • STV
  • Firecrest Films
  • Storyboard Studios


  • IMG 
  • Box to Box Films
  • Studio Lambert
  • RSA Films - Ridley Scott Creative Group
  • RAW Cut
  • Lime Pictures
  • Fremantle Media UK
  • Gold Dust Films
  • South Shore 
  • Warner Bros Television
  • BriteSpark Films
  • CTVC
  • Wonderhood Studios
  • Like A Shot