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Directors UK Launch New Development Programme

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Directors UK has announced the launch of Directors UK Inspire: A Mentoring and Career Development Programme for Directors UK members.

The initiative aims to inspire and encourage directors to seek structured support to enhance their career opportunities. Throughout the year, Directors UK Inspire will support peer-to-peer learning opportunities, and are encouraging a variety of talent from different backgrounds and a range of experience working closely with a mentor, who will provide regular guidance and support.

Successful applicants will have their opportunities shaped based on their needs and the arrangement with each mentor and may include opportunities to shadow on set, access to a production, general advice and guidance, support with their CV, pitching, gathering and maintaining contacts, and networking.

Directors UK will cover costs up to a maximum of £1,000 to include travel, accommodation, expenses for food and sustenance, childcare or any other access needs.

Andrea Corbett, Training and Career Development Manager at Directors UK, said: "We're incredibly pleased to be officially launching the Directors UK Inspire Mentoring and Career Development Programme. From our recent commissioned research and reports, and member narratives, we understand that career development schemes are vital and can have positive mutual benefits for both mentors and mentees. Our new programme aims to inspire and provide members with better access into networks and opportunities, through shared the knowledge and experience."

Laura Adams, Head of Member Services at Directors UK, added: "It's great to be able to build on the informal mentoring that a lot of the industry does at the moment; whilst offering guidance, structure, and importantly, funds to make new connections and opportunities possible. We hope that this will encourage Directors to reflect on the skills they have, and offer a way to access advice and experience."

Applications for the new Directors UK Inspire Mentoring and Career Development Programme are open to all qualifying Directors UK members, and will be accepted all year round, with regular quarterly deadlines to enable as many mentoring opportunities as possible.

The programme also invites directors who are interested in becoming mentors and encourages interested parties to get in touch for year-round opportunities.

The first deadline for applications is Thursday, 01 June, 2017.

Application details, as well as more information regarding the programme can be found here.

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