Film Craft and Technical Trainee Placement Scheme 2013 is now open for applications

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Trainee Placement Scheme is now recruiting film trainees for paid work placements on major UK film productions.

With the success of the first round of trainees securing a range of exciting and impressive jobs, the Film Craft and Technical Trainee Placement Scheme is now accepting applications for 2013.

The scheme, run by Creative Skillset’s Craft and Technical Skills Academy, places trainees in paid work on UK productions and is open to those with a commitment and passion to working behind-the-scenes in production sound, editing, hair & make-up, camera, costume & wardrobe, the art department and script supervisors.

Since its launch nearly two years ago, the Film Trainee Placement Scheme has helped over 80 people from a diverse range of backgrounds land their first paid job on UK feature films, including Ginger & Rosa, Seven Psychopaths, Kick Ass 2, The Double, Les Miserables, Dom Hemingway, All You Need is Kill, Fast and Furious 6 and Quartet. In the past year, productions have filmed in Manchester, Leeds, Bradford, Aberdeen, Dundee and Carmarthen in Wales and have asked for a local crew.

“It has been inspiring working with two award-winning costume designers. I feel privileged to have observed their design process, from initial design to realisation, and the advice they have personally given me has been invaluable,” Nicole Pitchers, Costume Trainee on The Double and A Long Way Down.

Trainees gain first-hand experience of working on a film set and make those all-important contacts that are so essential when competing for their next job in film.

James Thomas had always wanted to work in the camera department but knew there could be barriers to entry. “Like many others, I struggled getting a foot in the industry due to too few people ever wanting to take the risk on someone new when they most likely knew of someone already for the job,” he said. However, following his acceptance on the Trainee Placement Scheme, James became a camera trainee on Great Expectations and Ginger & Rosa. Through the contacts and skills he developed on these placements, his career has taken off and has included working on both 47 Ronin and All You Need is Kill.

The scheme also benefits productions, as they have the chance to hire the best trainees in the business at heavily subsidised rates. UK feature films contributing to SIF can employ as many as five experienced trainees per production under the scheme, which covers 70% of the wages.

It is made possible through funding from the Skills Investment Fund (SIF), the voluntary levy on productions filmed in the UK, and is part of Creative Skillset’s film skills strategy ‘A Bigger Future 2’.

“Our camera trainees on Welcome to the Punch were excellent. I would recommend the scheme to producers because it keeps things fresh, ensuring new talented people are coming up the ranks,” Nicky Earnshaw, Production Manager (Welcome to the Punch, Johnny English Reborn & Spike Island).

Deadline for applications is 5pm on 9 January 2013. Successful applicants will be invited to interview with a film industry panel at Pinewood Studios in early February 2013.
Further information about the Scheme’s eligibility criteria can be found at or by emailing info(at)craftandtech(dot)org.

“We recognise that it is notoriously difficult to get your foot on the ladder in the UK film industry. This scheme not only gives the best talent a way in, it also helps productions recruit committed trainees whilst nurturing UK talent.” Dan Simmons, Head of Film, Creative Skillset.


For more information contact:

Jenny Karlsson, JennyK(at)creativeskillset(dot)org / 020 7713 9818

Yosien Burke, Yosien(at)craftandtech(dot)org / 07970 078170

Note to Editors

The Film Trainee Placement Scheme was set up by the Skillset Craft and Technical Skills Academy in 2011.

The Skillset Craft and Technical Skills Academy supports UK film production by investing in the skills of emerging talent and film professionals working in the craft and technical departments.

Creative Skillset is a licensed Sector Skills Council. We help the UK Creative Industries to be world-beating by leading the sector’s skills and talent drive. We are an industry-owned organisation that actively involves trade unions, professional bodies and other stakeholders to address skills issues in our industries. We are the leading producer of Labour Market Information on the Creative Industries, and use this intelligence, as well as close consultation with our industries, to inform all the work we do.

A Bigger Future 2 is Creative Skillset’s three year skills and training strategy for the UK film industry, funded in part by the industry itself through the Skills Investment Fund (SIF) as well as by the National Lottery from the BFI. Building on the original A Bigger Future strategy, A Bigger Future 2 focuses on addressing the vital skills and training needs of the industry to deliver maximum economic and cultural return: safeguarding and creating jobs, nurturing talent and maintaining the UK’s position at the forefront of the international film industry.

  •     Key Dates for Application and Interviews
  •     The closing date for applications is 5pm on 9 January 2013.
  •     Interviews will take place at Pinewood Studios 4 – 15 February 2013.
  •     Induction training will be run by The Production Guild on 11 and 12 March 2013.
  •     Further induction training includes: Online Health & Safety Training, First Aid Training and CV Clinic.

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