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29/03/2006

New scheme targets industry entrants

Leading London-based film and TV production companies are offering trainees six-month paid placements across development, research, and new media, through Film London’s new Company Placement Scheme.
Open to newcomers to the film or TV industry, resident within the Greater London area, trainees will receive a personal work plan and careers guidance, as well as at least the minimum wage and 10 days holiday.
Set up in response to industry demand, the scheme seeks to support, assist and improve recruitment across the sector and attract new entrants to the workforce. Film London will work with companies to look at their recruitment practices and processes and co-ordinate bespoke training plans for each position.
The six companies participating in the scheme are: Karen Hamilton Productions Ltd (Kids Alone, Inside My Head), Twofour Productions (City Gardener, Dead Famous), Diverse Productions (Escape to the Legion, Operatunity), Number Nine Films (Breakfast on Pluto, Stoned), Tigerlily Films (Patrick’s Planet, 37 Uses for a Dead Sheep) and Adventure Pictures (Orlando,YES).
Tricia Jenkins, Head of Skills and Development at Film London said: “The scheme provides a great starting-point for people looking to work in the film and TV industries and offers participating companies a dynamic new approach to recruitment.”
Writer/Director Sally Potter, Co-Director of Adventure Pictures said: “It is often incredibly hard for people starting out in the film industry despite their talent and perseverance. I am delighted to be involved in a scheme that allows young people a foot in the door of a sometimes closed industry. I look forward to meeting the new addition to our team.”
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