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Foot in the Door: Un Bore Mercher / Keeping Faith

Following our award-winning Foot in the Door training scheme pilot, Ffilm Cymru are now offering three exciting new opportunities to learn valuable skills on the set of a major TV production.

The second series of hit S4C / BBC Cymru Wales drama Un Bore Mercher / Keeping Faith is shooting until the end of February 2019, and Ffilm Cymru are working in partnership with S4C and Vox Pictures, as well as local housing associations, to offer free training and a week on-set.

Foot in the Door offers people over the age of 18 that are not otherwise engaged in employment, education or training the opportunity to spend a week learning valuable new transferable skills that can launch a career in the creative industries and beyond. Trainees will receive guidance, advice and mentorship from industry experts, and eligible applicants may also receive support for travel and childcare.

Trainee Roles and Eligibility
Available roles are:
- Production Department (Trainee Runner)
- Trainee Art Department Assistant
- Locations Department Trainee

The ability to speak Welsh is essential for these opportunities. We welcome and encourage applications from those who can communicate fluently in Welsh as well as those who are learning and keen to work through the medium of Welsh.

Filming will take place across central South Wales, (exact locations to be confirmed but travel support will be offered).

You may have existing transferable skills in these areas already such as carpentry, an art qualification or in an administrative or co-ordinator role for example. Prior to application, please see guidance around the requirements for these roles and their profiles on the ScreenSkills Website here:
Art Department Trainee
Locations Department Trainee
Production Department Trainee (Runner)

Deadline and Application form

The deadline for applications is 12 Midday on Thursday 10th January 2019. To apply, please complete the application form here.

Successful shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a recruitment day in South Wales on Wednesday 16th January (Venue TBC)

Training will take place 29th - 31st January, with on-set placements commencing on 4th - 8th February.

For any queries relating to your application, please email: Angharad Williams on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A new opportunity to kick-start your future

If you are not currently in employment, education or training then Ffilm Cymru Wales’ award-winning training programme in partnership with local housing associations could help improve your chances of getting work. We focus on finding and creating local opportunities to work on film and television productions, where you can apply skills that are transferable such as carpentry, hair and make-up, and costume. 

These types of skills and roles exist not only in film and television, but also in the broader creative and arts sector, including theatre, dance, opera, marketing and fashion, as well as in work sectors beyond those, such as the construction industry. Ffilm Cymru is the development agency for Welsh film, and we have the relationships that can help you to gain hands-on opportunities on film and TV sets. We also work closely with housing association partners to offer resources and support for possible issues like transport and childcare, making Foot in the Door an opportunity that can work for you, whatever your circumstances.

Most importantly, Foot in the Door will give you the confidence and practical insights that are an essential first step in the journey to steady employment.

 

What will you get out of it?

Mentoring and training support throughout.

An opportunity to explore your skills and how these can apply to roles in the creative industries.

A better understanding and first-hand working knowledge of how the film/TV industry operates.

A chance to improve your CV, make new contacts and open the door to new opportunities.

 

Who can apply?

You must be over the age of 18, but there is no upper age limit on this programme, and we welcome a wide cross-section of applicants.

You must reside in Wales.

We will prioritise applications from those currently not in employment, education, or other training programmes and from housing association tenants.

Please note: your Foot in the Door placement should not lead to you losing alternate income or existing benefits for anyone not in work, for carers or anyone with a disability. We will provide support to help you to participate in the training and placements. This may include travel, childcare or anything that you believe is a barrier to undertaking the training. There is an opportunity to detail the support you require in the application form.

Previous Trainees

Previous Foot in the Door trainees have met professionals in the sectorm learnt about the variuosu roles, and how to get work and further training, and have direct experience on-set, including on these productions:

 

 

 

 

Apostle

Eleven trainees spent a week working on the South Wales set of The Raid director Gareth Evans new Netflix film Apostle, starring Michael Sheen (The Queen, The Twilight Saga) and Dan Stevens (Beauty and the Beast). Their training also included a set visit to BBC Wales Roath Lock studios to explore behind the scenes of Doctor Who.

 

 

 

 

Denmark

Three trainees that had worked on Apostle graduated to a longer paid placement on the set of forthcoming comedy-drama Denmark. Starring Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’s Rafe Spall, the film is produced by Severn Screen and is due for release later this year.

 

 

 

 

 

Craith (South Wales)

Ten participants from Blaenau Gwent worked on the set of Severn Screen’s new television thriller Craith / Hidden. The show was broadcast on S4C and BBC earlier this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craith (North Wales)

Craith / Hidden was also shot across north Wales, and Foot in the Door provided on-set placements for eleven more participants, as well as a week of tailored training.

 

 

 

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