Foot in the Door

For Companies Looking for Trainees

Whether you’re expanding your production crew, growing your company or looking at how you can be more inclusive by  improving access for a more diverse workforce, Ffilm Cymru can help you find talented trainees and new recruits with relevant skills. 

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For Trainees

Foot in the Door offers new opportunities to kickstart creative careers.

We believe that a strong and sustainable Welsh film industry needs to be open to everyone, no matter a person's background or experience. That's why we provide opportunities for anyone looking for a career in the film industry to get their Foot in the Door.

If you are not currently in employment, education or training then Ffilm Cymru’s award-winning training programme Foot in the Door could help improve your chances of getting work.

We find and create local opportunities to learn and develop valuable skills such as such as carpentry, costume, and hair and make-up on the set of film and television productions in Wales. These types of skills and roles exist not only in film and television, but also in the broader creative industries and beyond.

We also work closely with local housing associations to offer resources and support for things 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.

If you are interested in our Foot in the Door training programme, Ffilm Cymru wants to hear from you. We are currently lining up productions for Foot in the Door placements, so registering your interest here will mean you’ll be the first to know about upcoming opportunities.

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.
  • To apply you must not be currently in education, employment or training or actively working as a self-employed practitioner. We will discuss eligibility of zero-hours contracts on an individual basis- please contact us to discuss.
  • We will prioritise applications from housing association tenants in Wales. We will also prioritise applications from those who are in a position to evidence multiple barriers to accessing a career in industry

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 sector, learnt about the various roles, and how to get work and further training, and have direct experience on-set, including on these productions:

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.

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.

Un Bore Mercher / Keeping Faith
Three Welsh-speaking trainees were placed on the west Wales set of S4C / BBC Cymru Wales drama Un Bore Mercher / Keeping Faith with Eve Myles

Dream Horse
Our biggest ever Foot in the Door programme saw 35 participants engage in shadowing opportunities and training placements with major new film Dream Horse. Starring Toni Collette and Damian Lewis, this dramatic new adaptation of the incredible true story of champion Welsh racehorse Dream Alliance was shot in and around Blaenavon with director Euros Lyn in Spring 2019. 

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