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Announcing our Media Archive Traineeships 2016

Would you like to be an essential link in keeping our media heritage alive?

Creative Skillset is again working with Film London and FOCAL International to offer 10 dedicated individuals the chance to get a foot in the door of the Creative Industries – as Media Archive Trainees.

UPDATE: Due to a high level of interest in the 2016 Media Archive Traineeship programme, the FINAL deadline for applications has been extended to Wednesday 9 March at 9am!

Click here to apply and to download the Media Archive Traineeship 2016 application guidelines

Creative Skillset's Media Archive Traineeship

The inaugural edition of the scheme ran from May to December 2015, and took on 14 trainees from nearly 400 applicants. The Trainees completed four weeks of class-based training in London where they developed key skills, followed by engagements with two UK host companies each, undertaking paid placements of 10 weeks apiece.

Host companies were BBC Cymru Wales, Boom Cymru, UTV Media, Deluxe Media Europe, East Anglian Film Archive, Science Photo Library, BBC Bristol (Natural History Unit), ITV Archive, Northern Ireland Screen, Huntley Film Archive, Clips and Footage, London’s Screen Archives, Getty Images, Sky Production Services, Yorkshire Film Archive, and Goldsmith’s University. We expect many of these host companies to return again for the 2016 programme.

Trainees had the opportunity to visit various organisations and attend events during the Traineeship, including Sheffield Doc/Fest. You can read Media Archive trainee Emily Richards' experience of Sheffield Doc/Fest in her blog post here.

It is vital for the Archive sector to record and preserve diverse stories from people of all backgrounds. Therefore, the Traineeship aims to bring fresh and diverse talent into the industry. We are pleased to report that of last year’s selection 57% of trainees were female, 14% came from a BAME background, and 7% had a declared disability.

In the month since the completion of the 2015 programme over 70% participants have already secured fixed term or permanent positions at BFI, ITV Archive and Sky News Archive, amongst other organisations, or are undertaking further paid training placements.

I feel very grateful for those whose dedication to film preservation and archiving allows the brilliance of the past to remain present for us to learn from and enjoy."
Richard Ayoade – actor, writer, director (Submarine, 2011; The Double, 2013; The IT Crowd)

2016 programme

We are again offering ten paid traineeships in archiving for new entrants to archive who want their work to go down in history. You will receive expert training and work in industry for up to 24 weeks with top media archive companies, starting in May.

How to apply

If you interested in being a trainee, applications are open until Wednesday 9 March, at 9am.

Click the links below for more information about the progamme and to apply:

We are also looking for mentors and host employers, and you can read more about these roles by downloading a factsheet:

For any questions, please email archive@creativeskillset.org

About the Media Archive Traineeships

This programme is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, and by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, funded by the BFI. Our partners are Film London and FOCAL International.