ScreenSkills still has space on its prestigious Trainee Finder programme for video assist trainees. This opportunity would suit someone who is technically minded with an understanding of camera and formats.
Video assist operators (VAO) check the compatibility of playback systems, recording units, trolleys, batteries and external monitors with film cameras and arrive on set with the camera crew to test equipment. They are usually employed by camera equipment hire companies. Video assist trainees help VAOs with cables and general support on set.
ScreenSkills is looking for talented individuals from across the UK with less than 12 months paid experience. You should clearly demonstrate a passion and commitment for working in film or high-end TV by providing evidence of experience or transferable skills for your selected department. You must also be able to provide two references.
Applications are welcomed from individuals who have attended ScreenSkills funded boot camps and events, such as Open Doors, as well as partner schemes such as the BFI Film Academy.
Trainee Finder promotes inclusivity in the film and high-end TV drama workforce. ScreenSkills is also committed to diversity and equality of opportunity in all aspects of its work, so applications from under-represented groups are encouraged.
Details for Video Assist Trainees
Video Assist trainees must
- Live in the UK and have the right to work in the UK
- Have fewer than 12 months, relevant, paid experience in their chosen department and genre
- Be available for placements offered during the program
- Be open and flexible to consider opportunities across the UK
- Demonstrate an interest in and commitment to the department you select
- Ideally be able to drive or at least passed your theory test.
- Video assist trainees do not need a university degree to apply
- We welcome applicants with transferable skills, for example from other creative sectors like theatre, music, photography and commercial production. Or, roles in other sectors such as business administration, event management, or make-up and hair may provide some relevant industry experience
- If you are in full-time education at the time of applying, you must have graduated from your course by 1 April 2019
- Failure to provide evidence of your right to remain in the UK may result in the training placement being withdrawn
- All successful video assist trainees must attend a two or three-day induction event in March in preparation for the scheme.
If you cannot provide written letters, please submit the name and contact details of each of your referees and we will follow these up should you reach interview stage.
Once accepted, placements are not guaranteed and you must ensure your CV and ScreenSkills profile are current. You must also keep the Trainee Finder team updated about your availability. We will work to help and put you forward for any placements you express interest in, but it is the decision of the production which trainees are selected. So we encourage you to remain proactive in finding your own work, and not rely only on the scheme.
Video Assist Trainee Judging
Successful applicants will need to take part in an interview either face-to-face or over the phone. This will be conducted by a member of the Trainee Finder team and a relevant industry professional. All successful applicants also need to attend a two/three day induction event in March 2018 (details on dates and locations will be announced closer to the time).
Please note that due to the volume of applications we receive, we will be unable to provide individual feedback if you are unsuccessful.
To apply for the video assist trainee positions, please send a covering letter and CV to email@example.com. Candidates are required to have a complete and updatedHiive profile.
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