Applications for Grierson DocLab In Focus: Editing 2022 are now closed and the trainees have been selected.

Meet the Editing group

About the scheme

The Grierson Trust, in partnership with Netflix, is launching the return of its documentary assistant editor training programme as part of its Grierson DocLab outreach initiative. Grierson DocLab In Focus: Editing has eight places available for those with some post-production experience looking to step up to Assistant Editor, or those who have not come up through a more formal editing career pathway, who want to learn the art and craft of narrative storytelling. 

Successful candidates will receive:

  1. Intensive training (one week prep of watching rushes, followed by the week-long training programme delivered online, with two additional days in-person in Birmingham)
  2. A paid three-month placement, working on a Netflix documentary production
  3. Mentoring by an established documentary editor
  4. Continuing support from The Grierson Trust


Taking place online over six days, with an additional two days in-person in Birmingham, the week will involve an intensive schedule. A lead trainer and industry speakers will cover: discussing what editing is; exploring the role of the editor, their relationship to the film and the rest of the team; a chance to explore each individual’s career ambitions; figuring out what the role of the assistant editor is; how to set up your project; problems in the edit; case studies; working on different genres and hearing from alumni.


The training will prepare each successful applicant for a paid three-month placement, working on a Netflix documentary production. As the trainee assistant editor, you will work closely with the editor and rest of the production team. We expect that some placements could be undertaken as part in-person, part remote, and others fully in person at a post-house.


Each trainee will be matched with an industry mentor in order to provide additional support on their journey into the world of documentary editing. Meeting once a month over the course of six months, the trainee and mentor will work together on the trainees’ career goals, with the mentor acting as a critical friend to the trainee, providing advice on how to approach any work-related questions. 

Ongoing support:

Coupled with ongoing support from The Trust, trainees will have access to networking events (held online and in-person), plus professional development opportunities, through a programme of webinars. They will also be invited to the prestigious Grierson Awards, taking place at The Queen Elizabeth Hall, 10 November 2022, to network with industry guests. All trainees will then join the Grierson DocLab Alumni group for continued support through the network. 

Who should apply?

Applicants need to have strong editing technical skills which could come from a range of different experiences. This includes experience working in a post-production facility, being a runner or working in the machine room. Applicants could also be self-taught or an edit assistant seeking an opportunity to progress in their career. This is not an exhaustive list, but we must emphasise that applicants should ideally have some professional experience, of course be passionate about documentaries and have the ambition to work hard and learn from the leading editors of today.

This scheme will be an opportunity to develop and hone trainees’ creative skills, moving from the technical ability to edit, to how to make artistic decisions in order to create the story in the edit. For those who are self-taught and not familiar with the terminology, this programme is to train individuals to be offline editors (who craft the film from the footage provided), as opposed to online editors (who create the final cut of the programme by adding titles, making colour corrections, adding visual effects, etc.).

The Trust has an established track record of supporting under-represented groups in the documentary industry. We therefore particularly encourage applications to all schemes from those from lower socio-economic backgrounds; people with a disability; those from ethnic minority backgrounds and people from the LGBTQ+ community. We also encourage candidates from geographical areas across the UK that do not have many opportunities in the screen industries to apply.

This is not a definitive list and those applying will have the opportunity to make their case as to how they meet these criteria. This is in line with the positive action provision of the Equality Act 2010. 

Applications to the scheme are expected to be competitive. This scheme is not for individuals who want to follow a technical, online editing career (colour grading, visual effects, lower third titles, sound etc) but is instead for offline editing. We recommend reading this resource, which illustrates what the online edit is and to hear from an industry panel discussing the art of the offline editing process, to understand the difference, check out this webinar.

To find out more and have the opportunity to ask questions about the scheme, join us on Tuesday, 21 June at 6pm for our Discovery Session webinar. The Grierson Trust's Director of Training Programes, Yen Yau will jost Matthew Tegg, Post Production Manager at Netflix, Margarida (Mags) Cartaxo, Grierson DocLab In Focus: Editing trainee from 2021, and Joby Gee, Mags' mentor and documentary editor. Register today.


  1. You will be expected to have strong technical editing skills, which could be self-taught, learnt through education or gained by on-the-job training.
  2. The week-long intensive training course will be run on Avid and will require operational knowledge of the software. For example, do you know how to ingest files, have knowledge of bin structures, know to create sync pulls, dealt with GFX workflows, understand cutting tools, grouped/synced and exported media, as well as understanding of the importance of the EDL. Please note that although we will accept applications from those with experience of other editing packages, if you are accepted on the course, you will be expected to complete Avid training prior to starting the training week and be confident in your skillset to keep up with the training.


  1. Applications are welcomed from anyone aged 18+
  2. You must be a UK resident with the right to live and work in the UK
  3. You must not be in full-time education. This is not a graduate training scheme, if you are graduating in 2022; you will not be eligible.
  4. You must commit to the whole of the Grierson DocLab In Focus: Editing scheme (see schedule below)


  1. You must be available for a video call interview on 8 or 9 August 2022, with potential second interviews on 10 August
  2. You must be available for an in-person meeting in London, week commencing 5 September (date and venue TBC)
  3. You must be available to watch rushes and prep for the online training course from 12 – 19 September 2022
  4. You must be then available at attend the online course from 19 – 24 September
  5. You must commit to the whole of the in-person training course from 30 September – 2 October 2022
  6. You must undertake the three-month placement which could start from January 2023, with all having started by September 2023

Application Process

Applications to the scheme are now closed. By 29 July shortlisted candidates will be invited to an online video call interview which will take place on 8 or 9 August. If you have not heard from us by 29 July, you have unfortunately not been successful in your application. Due to the high number of applications to the scheme, we regret that we cannot provide feedback to applicants who are not successful. 

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