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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)


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 Education, Camden Apprenticeships, Channel 4, DigiEnableDiVA Apprenticeships, London Screen Academy, London Theatre ConsortiumMedia Trust, National College Creative IndustriesNational Theatre, NextGen Skills AcademyRoyal Opera House, ScreenSkillsTUC, White Light, Westminster Kingsway College

Panel discussions and workshop

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

10.30am Head of BECTU, Philippa Childs will open the day and welcome everyone to the event.

10.35 – 11am What is an Apprenticeship - and is it right for me?

Alexis Michaelides, Founder and MD of Big Creative Education and Arit Eminue, Director of DiVA Apprenticeships, will offer an overview of apprenticeships. What do they look for in an apprentice; how does recruitment work and what should you expect from the scheme. BECTU Young Member and BBC Broadcast Engineer apprentice, Tom Cave and ROH Scenic Engineering apprentice James Spencer will also look at the key characteristics expected from apprentices and how these can help build a successful career, including Tom and James sharing their experiences – both good and bad. 

(Chair - Nina Fosu - Recruitment Co-ordinator DiVA Apprenticeships and former apprentice)

11.15am – noon Apprenticeships and Routes into Theatre and Live Events 

Sue Dare, Principal of National College Creative Industries and Lynda Dunlop, Apprenticeship Officer from the Royal Opera House, join Kate Lovelock, the National Theatre's Apprenticeship Co-ordinator and Bryan Raven, Managing Director, White Light Ltd to talk about opportunities for a career in theatre and live events.  

(Chair – Sofie MasonBECTU National Officer and founder of the Offie Awards – the Oliviers of the Fringe, campaigning to raise the profile of theatres and artists outside the mainstream)

12.15-1pm Getting into Film and TV

Yasmin Mehmet 4Talent Co-ordinator from Channel 4, Tariq Wahr, ScreenSkills Film Liaison Production Manager and Jane Frazer, Line Producer and screen industry adviser to the newly constituted London Screen Academy will discuss film and TV entry level schemes. They will also be joined by film and TV electrician & BECTU member Mark Thornton

(Chair – Spencer MacDonald – National Secretary, BECTU)  

1.15-2pm Careers in Digital Media

Media Trust, Vlogstar Challenge Co-ordinator Tomi Ojo, Sam Webster from NextGen Skills Academy and Big Creative Education's Michael Roberts discuss entry routes and career opportunities in digital media including VFX apprenticeships.

(Chair – Liz HardwickBECTU member, co-founder DigiEnable and TechWomen100 award winner 2018)

2.15-3pm 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 digital tech company DigiEnable 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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