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Start date: 9 August 2017

Venue: Westminster Kingsway College, 211 Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8RA.

BECTU's Find Your Future event, returns to Westminster Kingsway College for the third year running on Wednesday 9 August 2017.

BECTU is working in partnership with Westminster Kingsway College (King's Cross Centre) and a host of key industry organisations to deliver this valuable day, aimed at new entrants looking to pursue apprenticeship and trainee opportunities within the creative industries.

The event is aimed at 16-24 year olds not aiming for higher education; however all new entrants wishing to pursue apprenticeship or trainee routes, teachers and parents will also be very welcome.  

Come and meet employers and other supportive organisations in the Market Place and take part in our sessions!

Programme details

The Market Place

10.00am: Registration & Market Place opens.

The employers' Market Place will be the day's centrepiece, providing the opportunity to meet with creative sector employers. Visitors can find out what opportunities are live, what opportunities are in the pipeline, and also find out about the relevant application process and how best to prepare for them.

Confirmed employers and organisations currently include:

Arch ApprenticesAssociation of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT), BECTU, Creative & Cultural Skills, Creative pioneers 2Creative SkillsetCamden Apprenticeships, DiVA Apprenticeships, Double Negative (DNeg), Framestore, Independent Cinema OfficeJobcentre PlusThe London Theatre ConsortiumThe Mill, National College for the Creative and Cultural IndustriesNational Theatre, National Youth TheatreRoundhouseSara Putt Associates, The Creative SocietyWestminster Kingsway CollegeWestway Trust


11am – 11.45am: Is An Apprenticeship Right For Me?

Amy Smith from Framestore & Garreth Gaydon from The Mill will offer an overview of the VFX apprenticeship opportunities. What do they look for in an apprentice? How does recruitment work? And what should you expect from the scheme?

Followed directly by:

A summary of the role of an apprentice from Creative Pioneers 2's Andrew Carmichael. This session will also look at the key characteristics expected from apprentices and how these can help build a successful career, including current apprentices sharing their experiences – both good and bad. 

12pm – 12.45pm: Apprenticeships and Routes in to Theatre and Live Events
(Chair - Andrew Ames, Head of Marketing and Business Engagement at National College)

Vice Principal of Curriculum at National College Creative IndustriesChidi Okolo and Level 4 Technical and Production Diploma Graduate, Hannah Dunmow join Kath Geraghty from the National Theatre, Louise Rickwood from the Roundhouse and Bryan Raven from White Light Ltd to discuss opportunities for a career in theatre and live events. They will also discuss the National College for the Creative and Cultural Industries curriculum, which is designed by employers and is aimed at fast-tracking you to a job in the industry. 

1pm - 2.15pm: Getting into Film and TV
(Chair – Emma Bell, Creative Consultant)

Sara Putt Associates' Nicola Lees and Tom Holmes from Creative Skillset will discuss film and TV entry level schemes, insights into what film and TV employers look for, and information about the types of roles open to trainees and new entrants. They will be joined by young professionals who will share how they got their first break.

Note: Max seating 150 on a first come first served basis.


10.30am - 11.30am: Job Hunting in a Digital Age

With an increasing number of companies accepting only internet applications, it should come as no surprise that employers see the internet as an important tool in the recruitment process. However, it’s not just for applications, over half of recruiters now conduct an online search on you before considering you for a place on their team. Darren Jenkinson, from Digital Marketing specialists DigiEnable, will explain how and what employers are looking for. From understanding why privacy matters, to creating content that attracts attention, this workshop will show you how to create an online presence that makes you shine.

11.45am - 12.45pm: Self Promotion

This is a great opportunity for those who are starting in the industry to learn about securing an online presence and promoting yourself and your work with social media. The workshop, led by DigiEnable's Darren Jenkinson, will look at how to manage your online reputation; helps you get to grips with social media, mobile and location based services; looks at your conversations and communications online and how they connect with the offline (real) world. It will also look at how to develop a social media strategy and what you can do with a hashtag - you’ll be amazed!

Note: Max seating 50 on a first come first served basis.


Booking is now open! Secure your FREE place via eventbrite.

Eventbrite - Find Your Future 2017 - Creative routes into media and entertainment

Places at Find Your Future are free but please do let us know if you book a place and then cannot make it. This is a huge opportunity for new entrants to find out more about the creative sector and we want to accommodate as many people as we can. 

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Last update Wednesday 28 July 2017.