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Set Ready Training Programme

Are you looking for a career in TV and film?

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If you have always wanted to work in TV and film production but don’t have the experience, industry contacts or qualifications our new ‘Set Ready’ programme has got you covered. The course is aimed at new entrants and is designed to give you the key skills and building blocks you need to get under way. There are 20 spaces available and the training will take place from Monday 14 March to Wednesday 16 March 2022 between 10am and 3pmYou must be available to attend all three dates.

Participants will be introduced to how the film industry works and how a film set runs. You will get the chance to meet experts who have worked on films and receive Freelancing and CV advice. This will prepare you for going on set and what will be expected of you.

We will support, nurture and encourage participants who are considering a role behind the camera, giving you tools, knowledge and a comprehensive work experience taster across the production process. We are looking for individuals who are keen to learn, who are enthusiastic, hardworking and who are passionate and interested in working in TV. 

Following the training you will be offered the opportunity for paid work on location as a runner or marshal. Having experienced first-hand how a film is produced and with a high profile production credit on your CV you will then receive support and advice on finding a substantive trainee crew role. Visit the 'Set Ready' webpage for more information.

Delivery of the training will be a mixture of online and in person sessions. In person sessions will take place at a venue in Waltham Forest where social distancing measures will be in place. The course is free to attend.

Places are limited, so when applying please provide as much detail as possible about how this training will support your career goals.

Applications close at 12 noon on Friday 4 March 2022.

You will be advised by Tuesday 8 March 2022 if you have secured a place.

Waltham Forest Council is committed to promoting equal opportunities for all. Read our equal opportunities policy for more information.

Apply for the Set Ready Training Programme

Complete the registration form

Details of the course

The course covers the following areas:

  • Job profiles: Crew, departments and hierarchy on set.
  • On set glossary of terms: 'learning the language'
  • Getting the job and networking
  • Radios and on set communications
  • What to expect: set runner and marshal tasks
  • On set behaviour: industry dos and don’ts
  • Communication confidence and building resilience
  • CVs and covering emails
  • What it means to work as a freelancer and thinking about finances
  • Questions and answers with industry professionals

Course tutors:

The programme format is participatory and practical, with questions and answers sessions from industry professionals who will provide insight into the industry across a range of disciplines. The course trainers are Amie Tridgell, Location Manager (Paddington 2, Rocks, Rush, Wild Rose) and Jude Winstanley: Line Producer (BBC TV, BAFTA, Big Talk Productions & Managing Director (The Unit List).

After the course:

On completion of the course, you will become part of the wider 'Set Ready' talent network with follow-up mentoring support and connections to employment opportunities into entry level roles.

Previous trainees:

Previous participants have gone on to work in roles including an Art Department trainee for Disney Production, a Casting Assistant for Warner Bros, Location Marshals for Netflix shows, and a trainee in the Camera Department for a high-profile Channel 4 drama.

Shows and films that past trainees have worked on include The Secret Service (Kingsman), Small Axe, Spectre (James Bond 24), A Christmas Carol, Behind Her Eyes, The Crown, The Split, Pistol, Anatomy of a Scandal, The Eternals, Cruella, Too Close, Mrs Harris Goes to Paris, Liaison, Mission Impossible, Embankment, Gangs of London, The Nevers, Ted Lasso, Eastenders, I Used To Be Famous, Masters Of The Air, Wonka.

Need a helping hand?

Our aim is to always support Waltham Forest residents to access all our opportunities. We understand that this may be your first time filling in an application form so we are offering support sessions on Wednesday 23 February to Friday 25 February for you to join and seek 1-1 support from our team. Please email us for support.

There is no requirement for previous industry experience, however, all applicants must be 18 years or over and NOT in full time education.
You must also be a resident in Waltham Forest.

Apply for the Set Ready Training Programme

Complete the registration form
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