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If you're interested in working as an apprentice or trainee in film, TV, theatre or live events then 'Find Your Future' is the careers event for you and it's free to attend!

BECTU, the media & entertainment union, and Westminster Kingsway College are hosting this event at the King's Cross Centre to showcase the apprenticeship and trainee opportunities on offer from a host of employers across the media and entertainment sectors.

The event is aimed at 16-24 year olds who are not pursuing higher education, and who are interested in finding out more about the opportunities on offer in the creative industries. However, all new entrants wishing to pursue apprenticeship or trainee routes, teachers and parents will also be very welcome. If you would like to bring a large group (eg from a school) please contact Kate Elliott  directly to book your places.

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

Programme details (subject to change and still in development)


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:

Ambassador Theatre Group, Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT)BECTU, Big Creative EducationCreative & Cultural Skills, Camden Apprenticeships, Channel 4, DigiEnableDiVA Apprenticeships, London Screen Academy, Media Trust, National College Creative IndustriesNational Theatre, Royal Opera House, ScreenSkillsWhite Light, Westminster Kingsway College

Panel discussions and workshop

(in the main theatre - max seating 150 on a first come first served basis.)

Welcome & introduction from Philippa Childs, Head of BECTU, the media and entertainment union followed immediately by:

10.30am – 11.15am: What is an Apprenticeship? (and is it right for me)

What do employers look for in an apprentice?  How does recruitment work?  And what should you expect from any scheme? 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. 

11.30am – 12.15pm: Apprenticeships and Routes in to Theatre and Live Events 

Employers and apprentices from across theatre and live events will talk about both working with, and being an apprentice - the highs and lows and what makes a great apprentice.

12.30pm - 1.15pm: Getting into Film and TV

Representatives from ScreenSkills, Channel 4 and the the London Screen Academy (tbc) will discuss working as an apprentice or trainee in the film and TV industry.

1.30pm - 2.15pm: Digital Media

2.15pm - 3pm:  Reputation, Recruitment, and Rejection – Job Hunting in 2019 (interactive workshop)

Starting a new career in 2019 can be a daunting prospect. With employers becoming increasingly reliant on the internet to not only find potential recruits, but also perform checks on hopeful applicants, it’s more important than ever that job hunters understand how they can use the online world to gain an advantage. Darren Jenkinson and Liz Hardwick from DigiEnable ( ) will share their top tips for building an online reputation that will get you noticed, and importantly how to protect yourself from being rejected before you’ve got your foot in the door. 

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