Careers

Along with many organisations within the screen industries, we at The Grierson Trust want to encourage those from under-represented backgrounds ­­– those who may not have considered a career in TV or documentaries possible – to find out more about the opportunities out there.

The UK is a powerhouse for creative screen industry output; we have world-class filming facilities, generous Government tax breaks and a wealth of of talented individuals working in the sector, which has led to a boom in production. This boom also means that there’s a labour shortage and skills gap, so production companies, broadcasters and more are doing all they can to recruit more workers to join this thriving industry that is crying out for more diverse people.

With thanks to the Golden Award funding form The Rank Foundation, we’ve collated some resources across unscripted and scripted (which means factual or documentary-style films and TV programmes, and fiction or drama shows) so you can explore what job roles, career paths and opportunities are available. We’ve also filmed some of our Grierson DocLab training scheme alumni to give their perspective on the industry and are offering a select number of organisations a free screen industry careers webinar for their beneficiaries or networks.

If you would like your organisation to receive a specific screen industries careers webinar from The Grierson Trust, you can register your interest using our online form.

Please note that priority will be given to RankNet organisations.

Register your interest in a FREE webinar

For those who attended The Rank Foundation 50 Years of Giving conference and anyone else curious about our Grierson DocLab Alumni case studies – access an online version of the leaflet.

Download The Rank Foundation conference careers leaflet

To inspire the students or beneficiaries you work with - or to get inspired yourself - why not watch the short films we made with our Grierson DocLab Alumni about the importance of a diverse industry.

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  • Grierson DocLab is the training arm of The Grierson Trust, running schemes for documentary and factual TV for new entrants, craft editors and those who wish to work in production management
  • 4Skills is Channel 4’s careers portal detailing training, work experience and apprenticeships
  • TRC Media is for those based in Scotland, and rad is their paid eight-month traineeship
  • BBC Careers is a one stop shop for all things careers relating to the BBC
  • Creative Access is an organisation enabling people from communities under-represented in the creative industries to access careers, progress and reach leadership potential, across the UK
  • Screen Yorkshire is for those based in Yorkshire and Humber and they run several talent development schemes
  • ScreenSkills is the industry body for the screen industries. Check out their website for listings of free or subsidised industry training opportunities and specific career maps

  • UK Screen Alliance – collated list of apprenticeships standards directly relevant to film and TV
  • ERIC - an app for young people to explore opportunities in the creative industries 
  • BBC Digital Cities – a series of events for people working in or interested in TV and related creative industries, where the BBC team up with UK media organisations to deliver a varied schedule of free events for people who work in, or want to work in, the creative industries
  • BBC Writers Room – resources, opportunities arranged by the BBC
  • Next Gen Skills Academy – brings industry and education together. Their courses in Games, Animation and VFX skills have been developed in partnership with some of the biggest companies in these industries so endorsed by the respective sectors
  • Red Planet Pictures Writing Prize  – established writing initiative that has supported and championed the talent of tomorrow for 15 years
  • Access: VFX – a global, industry-led, non-profit comprised of 40 leading companies, industry bodies and educational establishments in the VFX, animation and games industries. It focuses on actively pursuing and encouraging inclusion, diversity, awareness and opportunity under its four pillars of Inspiration, Education, Mentoring and Recruitment
  • The Production Guild of Great Britain – the UK’s leading membership organisation for those working in production. They periodically run courses some of which may be of interest to those with a finance background. There is a huge skills shortage of accountants, those who have experience of payroll. One to check out if you like a spreadsheet. Join their mailing list to be notified when they run the Netflix Assistant Production Accountant Training Scheme
  • Beyond Brontës – a free, part-time training initiative that aims to increase diversity in the screen industries for those aged 18 – 30 years old, living in West Yorkshire. Currently closed for applications – sign up to newsletter for updates
  • My Transferable Skills – Getting Into TV Production Management – a Facebook group for people with transferable skills who want to get into TV Production Management, where TV professionals can offer direct advice and guidance
  • Create Central – the West Midlands trade body for the creative content sector who run occasional bootcamps for those based in the region, with training, networks and support to progress into jobs
  • Warner Bros Discover Access x Rocksteady Studios Games Academy – new 12-week hybrid training scheme for those who love games and don’t know how to turn it into a career. Programme will support skills development and knowledge of the games industry. Closing for applications 23 September 2022
  • London Film School’s Film & Media Saturday Club – an opportunity for 13-16 year olds, based in London to explore a subject they love, learn new skills and find out more about further study and careers in the screen industries
  • Global Girl Media – digital journalism training and platform dedicated to providing content by, for and about girls and young women, globally
  • Iconic Steps – social enterprise supporting young people from diverse backgrounds, aged 16-25, to acquire skills, experience and resilience to increase their opportunities to enter the media industry
  • Livity – youth focused creative company operating a network, and newsletter with funding and training opportunities in the creative sector
  • Northern Film and Media – works with North East England’s creative industries development agency. They work with emerging professionals, indigenous filmmakers, production companies and artist filmmakers
  • Open Lens Media – youth Training and Development organisation providing courses, training, projects and workshops in Media and Communication
  • Raising Films – supports, promotes and campaigns for parents and carers in the UK screen sector
  • Screen Yorkshire – champions the film, TV, games and digital industries in Yorkshire and the Humber, UK
  • The Call Sheet – jobs posting for UK Films & TV
  • Media Beans ­– website and newsletter that rounds up creative jobs, internships and opportunities
  • RTS Futures – RTS Futures aims to help graduates and those in the early stages of their career to progress and learn about different areas of television
  • ScreenSkills Jobs Board – a jobs board from ScreenSkills, working with industry partners to showcase opportunities
  • TCN Talent Pool – a free place to post, the site for a more diverse and inclusive range of talent behind the camera, in production and in the office. Triforce Creative Network
  • The Talent Tap – mission is to meaningfully change the lives of talented school leavers by providing access to work experience, support and networking opportunities
  • The Unit List –­ jobs in Broadcast TV and other useful stuff
  • TV Watercooler – CV Writing Tips
  • My First Job in TV – CV advice for breaking into the industry
  • BFI Film Academy – BFI Film Academy has a range of accessible courses and resources for 16-25 year olds wanting a career in the film industry
  • 4Skills – Training schemes run by Channel 4
  • Mama Youth – recruits, trains and nurtures young people between 18-25 years of age from under-represented groups or with limited educational or employment opportunities
  • Pact Diversity Scheme – training scheme aimed specifically at entry-level diverse talent (both graduates and non-graduates); providing six-month placements and mentorships
  • Resource Productions – a social enterprise which enables social change through art and film whilst diversifying the creative industries. Their Creative Collective project acts as a hub for local artists and creative practitioners to network and to collaborate. They also offer a number of training opportunities for young people and adults.
  • Sara Putt Associates Training Scheme – professional development programme designed to support trainees working behind the camera in High End TV drama and film
  • The Network – (Edinburgh TV Festival) free entry level free scheme for anyone aged 18+ who wants to start a career in television; takes place in August every year for 60 delegates
  • think BIGGER – training, workshops and consultancy for media industry, including disability awareness and access
  • We Are Albert – a charity working with screen industries to mobilise positive action for the planet. Offers free trainings sessions for production and editorial 

Some quick tips for getting started on a journey into a career in the screen industries…

TV and film:

  • Demonstrate your passion ­– watch varied content on different platforms and different kinds of TV and film. Think about PSBs (Public Service Broadcasters) like the BBC, Channel 4 and streamers as well as digital channels and seeing films in the cinema.
  • Be informed – read blogs, criticism and news about the industry. Screen Daily, Realscreen, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Broadcast, Televisual, IndieWire, The Guardian and more cover the entertainment industry extensively
  • Experiment – by filming and editing your own content, making models, building things etc… you can create a portfolio to back up your interest. There is free software out there to help you: for example use FiLMiC Pro for recording on your mobile device
  • Read the credits – at the end of each TV programme or film, watch right to the end of the credits and take note of each different role involved in a production. Also note the name of the production companies who made them and where in the UK they were filmed (Channel 4 often includes this detail) as well as the names of individuals whose work you admire and follow them on social media
  • GTKYA (Get to Know Your Acronyms) – research jargon and acronyms and starting a glossary of terms for yourself will be hugely helpful in navigating a TV/film career. Use the ScreenSkills career maps and job profiles to help
  • Think about what you can do outside of school/college/university/your job to develop your skills – can you volunteer at a local film or TV festival? Can you write your own criticism of shows you’ve recently watched? Can you create a database of the shows and production companies you admire and start researching ways to contact them? Are there any MOOCs (massive open online courses like FutureLearn) where you can do some online modules?
  • Making a film/TV show is a team effort – how can you demonstrate that you are a team player? How can you get involved in other activities that involve working as a team?
  • Find your community – there are various online forums where you can find like-minded people to discuss and collaborate with. The TV industry still uses Facebook groups a lot to talk about opportunities and jobs. Research them for your local area and join

Wider screen industries:

  • Understand freelancing – most jobs in the screen industries are freelance contracts and so learning how to freelance, find work and manage your finances is crucial. Look at ScreenSkills’ Freelance Toolkit for guidance
  • If interested in VFX/game industries – check out free tools and software such as Unity, Blender, Maya and Real Engine to start experimenting
  • Think broadly about job roles – lots of different industries have crossover with film and TV. Think about electricians, hairdressers, make-up artists, costume designers and other craftspeople who work behind the scenes. Accounting and finance for film and TV is an area to look into as well, plus the legal side
  • Transferable skills – varied sectors and roles have workers with skillsets that can easily transfer into the screen industries. Events management, theatre, travel and logistics all equip workers with the skills needed for long days shooting, the logistics of travelling with cast and crew and much more. Throughout the pandemic, lots of industries will have been in flux and still be recovering or much changed; a lot of these industries could have workers with the skills to transition into screen industries work. Think laterally about your skillset

 The Grierson Trust is grateful to The Rank Foundation Golden Award funding to enable this careers outreach work. 

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