Trainee Scheme

"The Sara Putt Associates Trainee Scheme has given me the belief that I can maintain a successful career in the film and TV industry… the scheme has stopped me feeling concerned about the future and made me feel excited about the future."

The Sara Putt Associates Trainee Scheme is a professional development and mentoring programme for new entrants to the film and TV industry that will run from April - October 2016.

This scheme is ideal for you if you are motivated, ambitious and willing to invest in your future career in film and/or television. Over seven months you will receive a range of professional support that will help you present yourself professionally and successfully manage the business side of a freelance career.

At the end of the scheme the trainees with the most potential will be invited to apply to join the Sara Putt Associates Diary Service.

You are eligible for this scheme if you currently have two professional credits but less than three years’ cumulative experience in your chosen role. You need to be:

  • In need of help and advice on surviving as a freelancer
  • Confident in your technical skills but unsure if you are selling yourself as well as you could
  • Keen build a peer group network
  • Able to invest time in putting into practice what you learn
  • Willing to be proactive and create your own opportunities

"I was struggling, and not being able to find work had knocked my confidence. I now have a quiet confidence that I will be OK, because the SPA Trainee Scheme has given me the tools to find work, negotiate contracts and improve my professional manner, ensuring that I can not only find work, but also be recommended for work by others."

"My time on the scheme was fabulous and rewarding - I learned to better assess my strengths and weaknesses, how to make my qualities stand out from the rest of the pack, and how to present myself as an industry professional."

The scheme is designed to boost your confidence, enhance your employability and offer you support as you start to build your career. As well as the input of a dedicated contact at Sara Putt Associates you will also benefit from a series of workshops, networking events and access to the best production database in the business.

This scheme requires commitment, and you will be selected on what you can bring to the group (of up to 25 trainees) as well as what you might gain from the experience.

  • You must be able to commit to a mandatory induction session at a Central London location before you are officially accepted onto the scheme. The induction day will be held on Saturday 2nd April 2016.
  • Masterclasses and workshops are held on the last Saturday of every month. You will get the most out of the scheme if you attend as many sessions as possible (and your attendance will be taken into account when deciding whether to invite you to join the Diary Service).

"Before I joined I felt very alone in a very big pool of people wanting to get into the industry, but being part of the agency feels like there are lots of people to meet and I don't feel like I will run out of contacts to e-mail and ask for work."

"It's also quite a nice thing to add to your e-mail that you are part of the agency, as people give you a little more interest than if you were just alone without a respectable agency representing you."

Although we do not offer work placements, our Trainees have worked on TV productions such as Victoria, Jericho, Fungus the Bogeyman, Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur, The Royals, Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, Dr Who, Ripper Street and New Blood; and feature films such as AWonder Woman, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Into the Woods, Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass, 20,000 Days on Earth, She Who Brings Gifts and Pan.

We would love to hear from you if you are:

  • Currently working as a Trainee in the following departments:
    • Production
    • Editing
    • Camera
    • Sound
    • Art Department
    • VFX
    • Script Supervisor
    • Costume
    • AD

We are particularly keen to recruit people who wish to pursue a career in VFX. We’d love to hear from you if you meet the following criteria:

Visual Effects – VFX Assistant (leading to a career as VFX Coordinator, VFX Production Supervisor, VFX Producer)

  • Have worked in a VFX facility in a production role (Runner interest in Production only, PA, Coordinator, Line Producer)
  • Have worked in a film or TV Production office or in an Editorial, Camera, Model or Art Department (PA, Coordinator, Production Manager)
  • Have a basic knowledge of visual effects
  • Are organised, have a superb attention to detail and are computer literate

Visual Effects – Junior Data Wrangler (leading to a career as a VFX On Set Supervisor)

  • Have on set experience and understand how the set works
  • Ideal candidates are Camera Department Trainees/Runners
  • Are organised, have a superb attention to detail and are computer literate
  • A basic knowledge of camera and visual effects is an advantage
  • Have less than three years’ experience in the industry
  • Have two professional onscreen credits
  • Can supply two professional references from people working in the industry
  • Able to attend a selection interview if short-listed. (dates to be scheduled in February/March 2015)
  • Can commit to attending a mandatory induction day in Central London (expected to be Saturday 28th March 2015)
  • Can travel to Central London for networking sessions

The Small Print

  1. Applicants must be UK residents.
  2. The scheme is not designed to:
    • Provide on-the-job skills training in camera, sound, editing, production or the art department
    • Provide placements, apprenticeships or work experience
  3. Trainees must be willing and able to travel to central London or Shepperton Studios for interview and induction.
  4. The closing date is midnight Sunday 31st January 2016. Applications received after this date will NOT be considered.
  5. If you haven't been contacted by Friday 26th February 2016 you have not been short-listed.
  6. Due to the high number of applications we receive it is not possible to give individual feedback on unsuccessful applications.
  7. Successful candidates will be required to pay a nominal fee of £150 + VAT for the scheme.
  8. Whilst every effort will be made to help you find suitable jobs, there is no guarantee that trainees will be able to find work during the scheme and Sara Putt Associates cannot guarantee to get you work.
  9. Successful applicants agree to participate in any relevant publicity.

How to Apply for the Scheme

You can apply for the scheme online below. We also ask that you complete our DIVERSITY MONITORING QUESTIONNAIRE below.

Click here to submit your application online

Click here to complete the diversity monitoring questionnaire

If you have any questions about the training scheme or the application process please contact:

Nicola Lees
Trainee Scheme Producer
Sara Putt Associates
The Old House
Shepperton Studios
TW17 0QD
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1932 571044
Fax: +44 (0)1932 571109