The BBC offers a variety of entry schemes in television. The Production Trainee Scheme, open to both grads and non-grads, is its gold standard, fast-track, paid traineeship that offers placements in TV and radio around the UK and mentoring from a senior BBC manager.
The Production Apprenticeship, aimed at those who don’t have a qualification above Level 3/A Levels, offers paid work on a range of TV and radio productions while studying towards a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Creative & Digital Media. Both of these entry schemes and many others are detailed at www.bbc.co.uk/careers/trainee-schemes-and-apprenticeships.
The BBC also offers a wide variety of four-week work experience placements in all areas of the business, detailed at www.bbc.co.uk/careers/trainee-schemes-and-apprenticeships/work-experience, and individual job vacancies across the organisation at www.bbc.co.uk/careers.
Betty is always looking for talented individuals with creativity and ambition. Their website can be found at www.betty.co.uk
CVs are submitted to Betty’s talent team via The Talent Manager – www.thetalentmanager.co.uk, or alternatively freelancers can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Throughout the year, the company offers a variety of internships and trainee roles to help new entrants get started in the industry. Betty's partnership with Creative Access www.creativeaccess.org.uk helps them to provide internships for talented young people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. The company's yearly office runner role is another route into the industry and many of the runners have gone on to have successful careers. Betty also offers work experience placements from time to time.
Under 4Skills, Channel 4 offers apprenticeships, training schemes, and industry talent schemes for those looking to work at Channel 4 or at one of the independent production companies that make their programmes.
For more information and to find out about all the schemes available, visit https://careers.channel4.com/4skills or head to Twitter @Channel4Skills.
Creative Access provides opportunities for paid internships in the creative industries for young people of graduate (or equivalent standard) from under-represented black, Asian and other minority ethnic backgrounds (BAME). It aims to improve people's chances of securing full-time jobs and, in the longer term, increase diversity and address the imbalance in the sector. Set up in 2012, Creative Access has placed almost 300 graduate interns in six month or year-long internships in companies across the creative industries. In the longer term, the changes Creative Access is trying to bring about will create their own sustainability. CA's target is for 80% of its interns to secure jobs in the sector and in turn to bring others from under-represented communities in alongside them.
Creative Access is a strategic initiative which complies with its obligations under the Equality Act 2010. It is supported by Creative Skillset and HM Government through employer ownership funding. http://creativeaccess.org.uk/opportunities
Creative Train offers Workshops, CV Writing and Industry Guidance for those looking for industry opportunities and a long term career in TV. Creative Train is an essential springboard into the TV job market for students, graduates, school leavers and those seeking a change in career. We mentor talented individuals, stimulating personal growth and progression, linking you to production companies who want access to your voices! Voices the industry so desperately needs to hear. We are keen champions of inclusion in the industry.
We currently offer ‘Intro to TV’ Workshops, 2.5 hour online workshops in which we explore job roles within unscripted television, interview techniques, industry expectations, how to secure work, and more. Also, our collaborative CV Writing Service allows us to work with you, editing your CV to perfection whilst educating you on tailoring your CV to industry standards. You may wish to take advantage of our knowledge in our one-to-one Career Guidance session (together we discuss your career, your aspirations and next steps).
Fremantlemedia UK, is a group of production labels including Boundless, Retort, Talkback, Thames, Newman Street and Euston Films and a digital division, Fremantlemedia UK Commercial, who provide some of the UK’s most successful content. It is the UK Production arm of Fremantlemedia, the global production and content business of the RTL Group, Europe’s largest television and radio company.
Fremantlemedia UK wants to work with talented people across all areas of business www.fremantle.co.uk, but it has an online database for production CVs only.
If you click on the careers section of Freemantlemedia's website, you can access a list of the current vacancies for support roles within Fremantlemedia UK and its associate companies. The company also has office runner positions in its Stephen Street office and runner (driver) positions in its Amersham office and you can apply for these roles via the careers section of the website.
Grierson DocLab, supported by The Rank Foundation and Netflix, is a training scheme that helps new entrants thrive in the world of factual and documentary programme-making.
The scheme takes place over the course of one year and is made up of: a six-day online training programme; a paid two or four-week placement at a UK production company; a match with an industry mentor; camera and editing training; a trip to Sheffield Doc/Fest; attending the Grierson Awards in November, plus networking and one-day training opportunities too.
The programme is targeted at UK-based young people aged 18-25 who are passionate about factual television, from nature documentaries to reality TV; short-form content to feature docs and everything in between.
From 2021, The Grierson Trust also offers two further specialist schemes in the form of Grierson DocLab In Focus: Editing and Grierson DocLab In Focus: Production Management, with support from Netflix.
To find out more, visit https://griersontrust.org/outreach.
ITV is always looking out for new talent, and has lots of ways to get you started. It has a Work Experience Programme aimed at those aged 18 and over and looking for their first break.
You can also join ITV as an apprentice and earn while you learn. There are great opportunities across the business from marketing and journalism to technology and creative roles.
The ITV Technology Graduate Scheme is a unique 2 year opportunity for those who have, or are working towards, a degree in a Science, Maths or Engineering subject, or have equivalent experience, with placements in leading technology disciplines across diverse teams.
Interested? Then read more at https://www.itvjobs.com/teams/early-careers
MAMA Youth Project provides training that helps young people secure employment, with a particular focus on those wanting to pursue a career in TV – an industry particularly ‘closed' to those from BAME (Black, Asian, Minority & Ethnic) and disadvantaged backgrounds. The project works with 18-25 year olds, some of whom are NEET, i.e. not in employment, training or education; some also deal with other challenging circumstances on a daily basis such as single parents, young carers, young ex-offenders and those at risk of offending. Furthermore, MYP is a charity that accepts unemployed graduates as well.
Media Trust has supported over 20,000 young people to date, training them in multimedia journalism so they can tell their own stories and those of their communities. As well as giving young people practical tools, our programmes convert their talents and passions into confidence and skills to progress in further education, employment and give a voice to the communities they live in. Apply for their numerous programmes here https://mediatrust.org/youth-programmes/.
The Network is a free intensive introduction to working in the TV industry. Earn one of the 60 places on The Network and you’ll spend 4 days learning practical TV making skills from top programme makers, giving you a taster of what it’s really like to work in television.
The Network takes place in Edinburgh in August every year. The scheme is completely free (including your accommodation and food). It is open to all - you don’t need any qualifications or work experience in TV, but you do need a genuine passion for TV and an ambition to work in the industry.
Applications for The Network are open annually from early February to the beginning of May. For more information on how to apply please visit http://www.thetvfestival.com/talent-schemes/the-network/.
The Pact Indie Diversity Scheme offers six-month placements at independent production companies to entry-level diverse talent (both graduates and non-graduates), allowing them to develop 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 and camera operating.
The Scheme is run both in London and in Scotland, and is supported by some of the top independent production companies in the business.
Procam offer a unique Training Opportunity for new entrants to the broadcast industry. This is an entry level position for those interested in pursuing a career in the technical side of television, with an interest in video or audio production. Trainees will have the opportunity to work with the latest and most exciting broadcast technology, from the new Arri Amira cameras through to bespoke camera set ups and complex audio requirements.
Successful applicants will follow a career path which could lead into crew positions:
- Begin working for Procam as a driver delivering equipment to clients
- Training in the kit room, where you will begin to familiarise yourself with all equipment and start to go on jobs as runners/assistants/DITS
- Move into the Procam crew pool, specialise in your chosen field and build up a list of credits
- Leave Procam as an Industry Professional with a network of contacts and a range of invaluable skills
Each Trainee spends 6-12 months as a Driver/Runner, where, if you prove yourself as an adept team player it is possible to progress through the in-house training structure. You may have the opportunity to work with clients such as BSkyB, BBC and ITV, not to mention access to some of the best kit in the business. Procam currently have over 4000 pieces of kit in stock, so there is much to learn. Usually after 4-5 years in-house with Procam, crew are ready for a successful freelance career.
Procam has a systemised training matrix where each trainee is mentored by the Head of Training throughout their employment. Each employee is responsible for their own development and you can progress very quickly at Procam with hard work, determination and a can-do attitude.
The company demands a high level of dedication and passion from its employees and commitment towards delivering first class results. A full, clean driving license is required.
Applications are accepted all year round and applicants can apply with a brief covering letter and CV to: email@example.com
Pro Motion Training offers a range of industry specific and educational short courses. These courses will prepare & train you for many different aspects of the television and digital film industry.
As a leading broadcast equipment rental company, Pro Motion has a wealth of experience and technical knowledge at our disposal. The company uses these resources to give you practical, hands on training that will enable you to further develop and enhance your skills and increase your knowledge base.
The classes are small so you will get the most out of the training and every attendee has their own individual and relevant equipment to train on so you really do get as hands on as you possibly can.
RDF Television runs a prestigious Intern Scheme for people wanting to get into the industry. It has a team of five interns at any one time who are given a six month contract; if all goes well, they get an additional two months as a junior researcher or junior coordinator (depending on which path they want to follow) which gives them a solid grounding for their future career.
During the initial six months, the interns' main responsibility is to keep the office running smoothly. However, when a production needs a runner, the interns step in. This gives the interns valuable experience, as well as building their confidence and highlighting their skills. Each intern is also given a camera course in their fifth month.
Please make sure your covering letter is concise and that your CV is clearly laid out and with as much detail on as few pages as possible!
If you wish to apply to RDF Television please send your details to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sara Putt Associates Trainee Scheme is a professional development programme for new entrants working in the Camera, Sound, Edit, Art, Production, VFX, Costume, Script Editing and AD departments. Trainees receive training in networking skills, CV writing, social media for work, finance for freelancers and negotiation skills. Previous trainees have also enjoyed masterclasses from editor Eddie Hamilton, (X-Men: First Class); sound recordist Simon Clark (Wolf Hall); DoP Giulio Biccari (Luther) and 1st AD Matt Hanson (Sherlock).
To apply, visit http://saraputt.co.uk/trainee-scheme/ for more details.
Sky has opportunities for school leavers, graduates and those still studying, including insight days, their Content Academy, apprenticeships, summer internships, graduate programmes and work experience.
To find out more, visit https://careers.sky.com/earlycareers/.