Routes into film and TV with Trainee Finder

creative skillsetThe UK film and TV industries are renowned for the expertise of their crew, and with the global success through programmes such as Doctor Who and Game of Thrones, there is an even greater need for a constant supply of diverse new talent in the industry.

New entrants must have a real, practical understanding of how the industries work and be up to speed with the advent of new technologies, platforms and formats.

Building on the highly successful film trainee scheme, the recently launched Trainee Finder is a new service to match diverse new talent with companies across the film, TV, animation, games and VFX industries.

Supported by Creative Skillset's Skills Investment Fund (SIF), the Trainee Finder for film and TV helps those who already have some experience or training under their belt to find placements on UK feature films and TV productions. Through these placements trainees have the opportunity to develop their skills and build strong networks in the industries.

Talented film and TV trainees are currently needed in the following departments:

 Camera
 Costume & wardrobe
 Editing
 Hair & make-up
 Script supervisor
 Production sound
 Art department
 Production office
(film only)
 Locations (film only)
 Assistant director (film only)
 Lighting (TV only)
 Construction (TV only)
 Production runner (TV only)
 Floor runner (TV only)

Applications are now open - the deadline for film trainees is Monday 14 October, so get yours in today!

Camera trainee Elliot Purvis had a placement on Welcome to the Punch and said of his experience: "Being able to work with an extremely experienced and talented camera crew was a wonderful opportunity. The placement has been a fantastic springboard for me as I have made great contacts, which in return has led to further work. I would thoroughly recommend the trainee scheme, as it has helped me develop my career in an exciting industry."

For productions and companies, it's a great opportunity to access the best and brightest new talent in the business and provides funding to make placing trainees more affordable.

Many university courses have industry projects for students to gain practical experience but picking the right course can be difficult. The Creative Skillset Tick helps identify creative higher education courses and apprenticeships that have the greatest links with industry and will best prepare students for work in the industry. It's a great signpost if you're looking for a practice-based university film or TV production course that will give you all the technical and production skills you need, as well as the experience and abilities to succeed in the workplace. Each course has undergone rigorous assessment by film and TV industry professionals in order to be awarded the Tick.

For employers, the Tick is an invaluable tool to help identify the brightest, work-ready creative graduates.

Anna Swift, recruiter at VFX company