Experienced production manager and founder of the industry online jobs board The Unit List, Jude Winstanley, offered her personal dos and don’ts over the course of a revealing two-and-a-half-hour workshop.
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When Tony Hall was appointed BBC Director-General, he pledged to widen the corporation’s recruitment net by ensuring that 1% of its public-service workforce were apprentices by 2016.
He reached the target two years ahead of schedule. By the end of 2014, 177 apprentices were employed across the UK in departments ranging from local radio to business management.
BBC apprenticeships last between 12 months and three years. Participants on the production scheme undertake placements on programmes in addition to training with the BBC Academy.
Getting that first job in TV is tough. So when you've finally got it, how do you make sure you not only keep it, but progress to the next level? Jessica Wilson is a talent executive at Potato, part of ITV studios. Following a degree she worked her way up from researcher to series producer at the BBC and has a brilliant view on the industry. Here she shares her top tips on impressing in an entry level position.
As one of the most recognised TV brands in the world, jobs in the BBC are some of the most coveted in the TV industry. Thousands apply for its production entry schemes each year, which have limited places available. Understandably therefore, the application process is tough so allow Don Kong, the BBC's Production Talent Pool manager, explain how to shine on paper.
Jude Winstanley has experience in a range of television formats from entertainment to factual and has spent most of her career as a freelancer. While regular freelance employment can be hard to find, it can be a good option in an industry where there are so few long term contracts. With freelance contracts often making up half the workforce of broadcasters, there are certainly opportunities to be had. Winstanley shares some of her top tips on how to survive in the world of freelancing.
They say television is a small world. Who you know is often as important as what you know, so how do you get your foot in the door if you don’t know anyone who can leave it ajar? Channel 4 industry talent specialist, Priscilla Baffour, offers her tips on breaking into TV without the contacts.