The West of England Film/High-End TV Workforce Development Programme 2024

Chloe (BBC/Amazon Studios/Mam Tor Productions)

Are you based in the West of England and interested in a career in the film and TV industry? Then you’re in the right place!

We are pleased to announce the West of England Film & High-End TV Workforce Development Programme, our brand new, industry-focussed training scheme.

The scheme is funded by the West of England Mayoral Combined Authority’s Mayoral Priority Skills Fund which provides flexible grants to meet current priority skills gaps in the region.

This project is part-funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund

The Programme will run three times throughout 2024, and is designed to equip you with the skills you need to become ‘set-ready’ for a career in scripted film and TV production.

What is it?

The Programme will have three intakes throughout 2024 – Round One in the Spring, Round Two in the Summer and Round Three in the Autumn.

Applications for Round One are now closed but we will be announcing dates for Round Two shortly.

30 successful applicants in each round will be invited to attend an Industry Induction Day at The Bottle Yard Studios, where they will receive a tour of the Studios and learn more about the different departments found on a scripted film or high-end TV production and the range of career specialisms that are available.

They will then have the opportunity to apply for a further five week training course which will cover in greater detail the range of skills needed to become ‘set-ready’.

15 participants will be selected for the course, which will next take place in June/July 2024 (exact dates tbc). It will include sessions on confidence-building, set etiquette and work-readiness, communication skills and teamwork, wellbeing and resilience, as well as digital and financial literacy and how to find work as a freelancer.

Please note that details of the training scheme are still being finalised, but we intend for sessions to work around any standard full-time work commitments.

Those who complete this full training will be added to a New Entrants Portfolio that will be shared with film and high-end TV productions filming in the region.

Who is it for?

The Outlaws (image: Alistair Heap/BBC)
The Girl Before (image: BBC/42/Amanda Searle)

To apply, you must be:

  • aged 18+ by 11.59pm on December 31st 2024

  • a resident of the West of England (Bristol, BANES or South Gloucestershire)

  • eligible to work in the UK

  • available to attend the Industry Induction Day at The Bottle Yard Studios on Thursday 15th February 2024

You must also be from a background currently underrepresented in the film and TV industry.

Underrepresented groups include:

  • young people aged 17-25

  • those not in education, employment or training

  • under-employed people

  • those on zero-hour contracts

  • women

  • people from the global majority

  • disabled people

  • people living with mental health issues

  • carers

  • care leavers

Applications

Applications for Round Two of the Programme will be open in May 2024.

The application form will ask you for your personal details as well up to 500 words on why you are interested in taking part in the scheme. An Access Fund is also be available to any participants who may face a financial barrier to taking part in our programme. Details of how to apply for this will be on the application form.

If you have any other additional needs which we can accommodate during the recruitment process and beyond, or would like support completing the application form and/or would like us to send it to you in an alternative format, please email bottleyardskills@bristol.gov.uk.

Why are we running it?

The West of England is one of the most film-friendly regions in the UK. The Bottle Yard Studios in Bristol is consistently popular with drama producers and has recently expanded, whilst the region’s Film Offices are busier than ever supporting film and TV shoots on location.

The reputation of the skilled local crew who currently work in the region plays a major part in attracting productions to film here. But in order to service the growing numbers of productions opting to film in the West, we need to grow our local crew base.

There has never been a better time to consider a career in scripted production – it is one of the fastest-growing parts of the region’s film and TV industry. On a national level, it is estimated that 21,000 new crew will be needed across the UK by 2025.

We believe that the opportunity to join this fast-growing industry should be open to everyone in the region, particularly those who are not currently represented in the film and TV workforce or who may not have previously known how to go about starting out in scripted production.

You can read more about why we have devised this programme here.

Partners & funders

This Programme is delivered by Bristol City Council’s Film Services (comprising The Bottle Yard Studios, Bristol UNESCO City of Film and Bristol Film Office) . It is funded by the West of England Mayoral Combined Authority’s Mayoral Priority Skills Fund which provides flexible grants to meet current priority skills gaps in the region. This project is part-funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.