Entry Level Training

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 it's 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.

BBC

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 offering 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/getin. 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/work-experience and individual job vacancies across the organisation at www.bbc.co.uk/careers

 

Betty

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 at talent@betty.co.uk

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 within the industry.

Betty also offers work experience placements from time to time.

 

Channel 4

4Talent is all about supporting fresh talent to build great futures in the media industry. The broadcaster offers apprenticeships in Business Admin and Creative & Digital Media, a Graduate programme where you will gain a Creative Media Leadership MA, a Production Training Scheme, work experience across the channel and more.

For more information and to find out about all the schemes available visit http://4talent.channel4.com/about-us or head to Twitter @4Talent. 

 

Creative Access

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

 

Fremantle

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.fremantlemediauk.com

FremantlemediaUK has an online database for production CV’ only. You can upload your CV to https://www.talentbases.com and create an online profile.

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 our 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.

 

ITV

ITV is always looking out for new talent, and has lots of ways to get you started.

For voluntary placements and short-term paid opportunities for new talent aged 18+, check out the ITV Insight Programme.  

School/college leavers 16+ can get paid to learn with the award-winning ITV Apprenticeship Programme

For news enthusiasts aged 18+, apply for a chance to work alongside experienced journalists for nine months with the ITV News Traineeship

Interested?  Then read more at  www.itvjobs.com 

Find ITV Careers on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.  

 

Mama Youth

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.

MAMA Youth Project works intensively with at least 48 young people every year providing them with 12 weeks of full-time employment training and 6 months of follow-up career support. It runs two intensive training programmes each year, each based on professional broadcast media skills. A unique aspect of the training model is that each 12 week course puts the participants into a ‘real-time’ work situation during which they have to work in a tightly knit team to produce 6 half an hour episodes of a broadcast-quality magazine TV show called ‘What’s Up’, which is currently broadcast on Sky 1. Find out more about the show on its website http://www.whatsuptv.co.uk/.

 

Media Trust 

London360 forms part of the Media Trust's wider youth media work and gives young Londoners from a diverse range of backgrounds the opportunity to learn new skills, develop their confidence and reach their potential. Former London360 reporters have gone on to work at major media companies and production houses such as BBC, Sky, London Live and MTV.

http://www.london360.org/

 

The Network

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/apply/

 

Procam

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.

Applicants can apply with a brief covering letter and CV to: louise.challinor@procam.tv

 

Pro Motion

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.

http://www.promotionhire.com/training

 

RDF

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 cv.runner@zodiakmedia.com

 

Roundhouse

Are you a filmmaker aged between 18 and 25 looking to break into the world of live television?

If you are not currently employed, in training or education, the Bloomberg Broadcast Programme is a completely FREE fast track course that will give you the skills you need to progress in the industry.

Across 7 weeks you’ll be given training and hands on experience in video production and live broadcast, through intensive workshops and working on productions at the Roundhouse. The project starts with 10 days of workshops in how to use broadcast quality camera equipment and edit using the latest software and technology in the Paul Hamlyn Roundhouse Studios. After this, your training will continue alongside gaining real experience in film production to boost your CV with 40 hours of volunteering across Roundhouse festivals and events; including live broadcasts, promotional films and video productions.

The project will give you a thorough grounding in self-shooting and post-production, which is essential to succeed within a production company or as a freelance filmmaker.

To apply you’ll need to have explored your interest in filmmaking or production by creating video content yourself, but it doesn't matter what software or equipment you used or how you did it. Ideally, you’ll have some experience of teamwork as well. Financial support is available to help with your travel and meal costs while taking part. Working hours will include some evenings and weekends and will require you to attend 3 days a week. Please note you must be able to attend all the workshops & production sessions to take part.

Find out more at a Taster evening which runs in either June or July. To book your place please register your interest when you submit your application.

http://www.roundhouse.org.uk/young-creatives/autumn-2015/bloomberg-broadcast-programme/

 

Sara Putt Associates

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

As a successful company, Sky makes a significant and growing economic contribution to the markets where we operate. We support thousands of jobs and invest billions in the creative industries. However, we also know that using our position as Europe’s leading entertainment company gives us the opportunity to reach beyond our business to make a positive impact on society. It’s something we know our customers value, and it’s an important part of making sure our business is successful for the long term.

In the UK and Ireland, we’ve chosen to focus on supporting young people. We think it’s time for businesses to step up and work alongside schools and colleges to help prepare young people for a successful future. Given the power of our brand, it’s an area where we believe we can make a real difference.

That’s why Sky Academy was created. It uses the power of TV, creativity and sport to help young people build practical skills and experience. Sky has set itself the target of reaching one million young people in the UK and Ireland by 2020.

With a set of initiatives that cover all ages, from primary school right through to those starting their careers, Sky is making the most of its strengths in media and technology. The company has linked up with educational specialists, and brought together role models from across the worlds of TV, creativity and sport to help set young people on a path to success.

All Sky Academy initiatives are supported by Sky staff, including well-known faces from our TV channels. They can provide real-life inspiration to young people and help them understand the range of potential careers in the industry and beyond.

http://www.sky.com/academy

 

See also

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 it's 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.