Foot in the Door

A new opportunity to kick-start your future

Ffilm Cymru Wales have developed a training offer in partnership with local Housing Associations that aims to help those who are not currently in employment, education or training to improve their chances of getting work.  To do that we’re focusing on local opportunities to work on film and television productions, applying skills that are transferable such as carpentry, design, administration, hair and make-up, photography, costume, and so on.  

These types of skills and roles apply not only to film and television, but also to the broader creative and arts sector, including theatre, dance, opera, marketing and fashion, for example, as well as much broader work opportunities, such as work in the construction industry.  

Our Housing Association partners offer resource and understanding, including providing transport and childcare, to make Foot in the Door an opportunity that works for you.

The Pilot

The pilot scheme in April 2017, delivered in partnership with Our Colab and Severn Screen, saw eleven people spend a week on the South Wales set of The Raid director Gareth Evans’ new film Apostle, starring Michael Sheen and Dan Stevens (Beauty and the Beast). Their training also included a visit to BBC Wales’ Roath Lock studios to explore behind the scenes of Doctor Who, Casualty and Pobl y Cwm.


The Future

Following this successful pilot scheme, we will soon be rolling out new entrant training opportunities in Merthyr and North Wales, in partnership with local housing associations. Keep an eye out for a call for applications in the coming weeks:

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What will the programme involve?

A free five-day training course to introduce you to the roles and responsibilities on a film or TV set, as well as health and safety practices. This training will be led by film production specialists and will feature advice from industry experts.

A free five-day production placement on the set of a major new feature film or TV series, including guidance from individual departmental mentors.

Post-placement evaluation meetings to support your future development.


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 industry operates.

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


“Working in this industry seemed unattainable - but I jumped at this chance and now here I am and I’ve been working in the art and design department. The sets are phenomenal - I’ve been using my painting, carpentry and arts and design skills; it’s hard work but rewarding.”

Norman Porter






What types of placement are available?

Our placements on Apostle are production (craft) based and will cover the following areas.

Art Department
Hair & Make Up
Script Supervisor

Click here for more details on the different roles.

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.

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

Please check the residency criteria for specific production opportunities, as the offer is made possible through the partnership of local Housing Associations.

“From when I was a little girl, I always wanted to work on the other side of the camera, watching how things are made and I’ve got a passion for make-up. It’s been amazing, and opened my eyes to where I can look to get further jobs in the industry, and it isn’t such a strange world now.”

Jaimie-Leigh Grierson







How to apply

Foot in the Door is currently closed for applications, but expect it to open again soon. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you'd like to learn more.


Please note: Your Foot in the Door placement should not lead to loss of alternate income or existing benefits for those not in work, carers, or those with any kind of disability. We will provide support to encourage and support individuals to participate in the training and training placement. This can support travel, childcare or anything that a participant may believe is a barrier to them undertaking this training. There is an opportunity to indicate that you require a bursary within the application form and include detail of the support required.

This programme is supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, with BFI’s Film Forever National Lottery funds.


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