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Film Accounts Trainee Finder

For the first time, Creative Skillset’s Film Trainee Finder is recruiting for a 2018/19 intake of Film Accounts Trainees, helping to find paid placement opportunities within the Film industry across the UK

What is it?

Trainee Finder is a year-long industry training scheme, which matches the brightest new talent with productions in Film and High End TV, across the UK. The scheme opens doors for new entrants to get paid training placements and learn in the workplace from real professionals.

Since its launch, Creative Skillset's Trainee Finder has helped place trainees on Feature Films and High End TV Drama across the UK including Fantastic Beasts 2, Yardie, Mamma Mia 2, Wonder Woman, Jurassic World, God's Own Country, Breathe and Lady Macbeth. For high-end TV Drama, productions include Peaky Blinders, Poldark, Game of Thrones, Outlander, Dr Foster and No Offence.

This is a chance to become part of Creative Skillset’s hugely successful Film Trainee Finder Scheme as a Film Accounts Trainee. The scheme will run for 12 months from June 2018. Throughout this time the successful applicants will benefit from a five day induction event run by The Production Guild, placement opportunities on some of the biggest films in the UK, one-to-one support and mentoring and additional professional development training.

Applications are now closed.

Who is this for?

This scheme is for those who have a specific interest in pursuing an Accounts career in the Film industry. It is an introductory training scheme to highlight the career opportunities available and help signpost participants to the relevant experience and qualifications they may need to eventually become a Production Accountant.  

We are looking for talented individuals from across the UK who have less than 12 months paid experience in the Accounts Department of a Film Production Office and are not in full time education.

Ideally, applicants will have some bookkeeping/accounts experience but a high level of numeracy and MS Excel skills are essential.


  • Existing qualified accountants or those with some bookkeeping/accounts experience, interested in working in the Film industry
  • Individuals who have a high level of numeracy and MS Excel, and want to enter an exciting, creative industry
  • Film industry professionals from other departments who want to step across to the Accounts Department and are able to demonstrate why they want to make this move

Trainee Finder seeks to ensure inclusivity in the Film workforce. Creative Skillset is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity in all aspects of its work.

What happens if my application is successful?

If your application is successful, you will become part of Creative Skillset’s Film Trainee Finder Scheme as an Accounts Trainee. The scheme lasts for one year from the first induction day in June 2018.

By becoming a part of Film Trainee Finder, you will become part of an industry recognised group of trainees, receiving exclusive access to training placements on some of the most exciting Films being shot in the UK. Whilst on production, you will be supported by a supervisor within your department, learn and develop your experience through on the job training and gain important contacts to help you find future work.

Alongside placements and an induction week, all trainees are required to attend training which could include Health and Safety, Finance for Freelancers, First Aid, Branding and Networking, Industry Masterclasses, Carbon Literacy and one-to-one support.

When on placement, trainees will be given an expenses allowance which is at least the minimum wage.

Please note that once accepted on to Trainee Finder, placements are not guaranteed. You must ensure your cv and Hiive profile are kept up to date and remain in contact with the Trainee Finder team about your availability. We will strive to help you and put you forward for any placements you express interest in, but it is the decision of the production which trainees are selected. We therefore urge that you remain proactive in finding your own work and not to rely solely on the scheme.

For further details about the scheme in general, FAQs and updates, please go to the Trainee Finder swarm or Trainee Finder page on Hiive.

How do I apply?

Applications closed at 12 noon on Thursday 29 March.


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