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16/01/2007

Film London Seeking Participants For Company Placement Scheme

Film London is looking for up to 12 companies to participate in the new round of its Company Placement Scheme, an initiative which seeks to support, assist and improve recruitment across the sector and target newcomers to the industry.
The initiative aims to attract applicants from Black Minority Ethnic (BME) and other under-represented groups.
Now in its second year, the scheme has doubled in size and is open to companies working in the film, TV, animation or interactive media sectors in the Greater London area.
The selected companies receive support to provide paid work placements for London-based new starters in the film and TV industries. This includes up to 75% of the total gross costs of the work placement for up to six months, a professional human resources consultant to provide mentoring training tailored to their business, as well as further recruitment advice and support.
Last year 50% of trainees gained permanent employment as a result of the scheme.
Adrian Wootton, CEO of Film London said: ”Building on the success of last year’s programme, we are delighted that even more businesses and individuals will have the opportunity to participate in the 2007 Company Placement Scheme, helping to ensure that London’s workforce remains at the forefront of the industry.
“The initiative provides significant benefits to both companies and trainees, including an innovative approach to training and a great introduction to working in film or TV.”
Matt Paice, Executive Producer at Diverse TV, a participating company in last year’s scheme said: “Diverse were delighted to take part in the first Company Placement Scheme. Our trainee worked at the heart of our company and made a real contribution to our business. The Company Placement Scheme is a great way to bring new entrants into this fiercely competitive industry.”
Victoria Cameron, a trainee on last year’s scheme at Tigerlily felt the scheme was very beneficial: “I’m so glad I applied for this scheme as the experience I’ve gained has been invaluable and has led to a full-time job with the company. I have already recommended next year’s scheme to friends.”
The deadline for applications is 6pm, Thursday 15 February 2007.
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