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New high-end TV Trainee Finder trainees ready for their placements

There were over 850 applications for this years high-end TV Trainee Finder programme. The recruitment process involved interviews held across the UK in  Belfast, Glasgow, Birmingham, London and Manchester. Creative Skillset's high-end TV Trainee Finder team, working with heads of department and senior crew from TV drama productions, selected the final 80 trainees in camera, costume, hair and make-up, locations, production office, floor runner, edit and art department and welcomed this new cohort to London for a three day induction in March.  

The induction sessions were facilitated by Addie Orfila and were packed with sessions that covered set etiquette, health and safety, managing difficult people, essential paperwork, post production processes, tax essentials, cv and interview techniques, how to work and look after yourself as a freelancer and networking.  

On day one we welcomed a panel of industry speakers which included:

Emily Bilverstone: hair and make-up supervisor

Malinda Kaur: 2nd assistant director 

Andrew Holden-Stokes: production designer

Pete Oldham: post production supervisor

Jen Rooks: production co-ordinator

Jacqueline White: costume designer

Karmjit Kalla: costume designer

Oliver Downey: DOP

The trainees were also introduced to a further group of industry professionals for round table discussions to find out more about working in their department. The experts included:

Tom Thurgood: production secretary

Phil Brown: post production supervisor

Marcus Wilson: executive producer

Mick Pantaleo: production manager

Dan Cheesbrough: MD of Eleven Films

On day two, trainer David Thomas led the day and the group was joined by 20 of the 2017/18 trainee cohort, who came along to meet the new team and also to share their experience and advice for those starting out as trainees. This day also brought the teams together to learn about managing finance / tax essentials & best practice as a freelancer, career planning and resilience and networking essentials.

Finally on day three, the trainees were given sessions on health and safety, managing themselves and difficult people and then cv and interview hints and tips to prepare them for their placements.

But what did our new trainees say about the induction weekend?

Its been fantastic. LOTS of useful information and it was delivered in a fun and engaging way." Sinead Shepherd, floor runner 

The speakers were brilliant, really inspiring and spoke in depth about important topics which I needed more insights for." Gaurang Sharma, floor runner 

I loved the upbeat and informal atmosphere and environment. All the topics were engaging which was down to the ways they were delivered and the people delivering them." Danny Young, camera trainee 

I felt a great deal of support and investment in my future." Alana Macaskill, production runner 

I felt so much more informed about my journey into high-end TV and it has allowed me to feel confident about my future. Everyone has been so kind and approachable." Make-up trainee


Work has already started on securing placements for our new 2018/19 cohort. Doncaster-based camera trainee Sophie Hardcastle joined us for the induction weekend and then started her first placement on Monday with the team on Mammoth Screen’s War of the Worlds.

Productions interested in taking on a Trainee Finder trainee should contact Patrizia Berardi, HETV Trainee Finder Manager.

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