Early Entrant Pathways 2022

Short course


This training programme is supported by the ScreenSkills High-end TV Skills Fund with contributions from UK high-end TV productions. ScreenSkills is the industry-led body for the UK’s screen industries.


Early Entrant Pathways is a partnership programme delivered by NFTS Scotland with BECTU Vision

Are you starting out in film & TV in Scotland? 

This series of short training courses has been designed to provide department specific next step training courses for those in the early stages of their careers, particularly those who have undertaken initial training through Hit the Ground Running with BECTU Vision.  

Each course will provide a deep dive into practical day-to-day running of the department, the role of the entry level positions in the team and hands-on advice for how to survive and thrive in the industry. 

Led by an experienced industry practitioner, the training course participants will develop and build their skills, resilience and employability. 

COURSE DATES (Subject to change)

*Please note that links to courses are provided for reference. Please be sure to apply through the the links below NOT through the individual course page.  

Set Ready: Working in the Sound Department | In Person | Glasgow10th & 11th August 2022  | APPLY HERE 

Set Ready: Working in the Costume Department | In Person | Glasgow | 15th & 16th August 2022  | APPLY HERE 

Set Ready: Working in the Make-up Department | In Person | Glasgow | 15th & 16th August 2022 | APPLY HERE 

The training courses are free of charge and a contribution towards travel and childcare costs is also available where applicable.

These courses will be delivered online and BSL translation, captioning or other accessibility support is available if required. 

About ScreenSkills: 

ScreenSkills is the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen-based creative industries - animation, film, games, television including children’s and high-end, VFX and immersive technology. We work across the whole of the country to build an inclusive workforce with the skills needed for continued success, now and in the future. http://www.screenskills.com



Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

If you are selected, the courses are free to attend.

Entry requirements

Applicants should be 18+, based in Scotland and actively seeking work in this sector
Students are not eligible for the training
If you are not eligible for the programme, you can sign up to our mailing list to be notified of future opportunities.

We recognise that some individuals face additional barriers to establishing a freelance career in film and television. In order to encourage a more diverse pool of new entrants, we particularly welcome applications from those who identify with the following groups:

- If you describe yourself as being ethnically diverse
- If you have a disability and/or a long term health condition
- If you have a learning difference
- If during your school years, your household received income support
- If you are female and wish to specialise in the technical areas of film & tv production
- If you have geographical barriers to accessing training 

If you identify with any of the above groups and would like to have a chat with us before you submit your application, please contact us at scotland@nfts.co.uk  


How to apply

Application deadline: Book Now

Application is through the APPLY NOW link above - next to the course and course dates you wish to apply for

Application Procedure:

PART 1: Online anonymous equalities monitoring survey.
PART 2: Online application form and you are required to upload your CV.  A short and simple CV is sufficient - for help in writing your CV, check out the Creative Toolkit. CVs should be saved as a .pdf with with your name as the file name.

Please give full and detailed answers to the application questions as the selection panel will carefully consider your responses when selecting participants. You may wish to take a note of the application questions and work on your answers offline before pasting them in to the online application page.

If you'd prefer, you can submit either a video or an audio recording of answers to questions 8-13. The audio/video file should be no more than 5 minutes long, saved in an .mp3 or .mp4 format with your name as the file-name and emailed to scotland@nfts.co.uk before the deadline with Early Entrant Pathways Programme 2022 in the subject line. Questions 1-6 and the equality questions should still be completed and submitted via this form.

To submit your online application, press the DONE button at the bottom of the final page. You will then see a confirmation webpage.

What we look for in applications:
Our courses are often oversubscribed and not all applicants gain a place. Our selection panel look for evidence of:

An understanding of the industry
You'll learn more about the industry on these courses, but in selecting applicants, we want you to demonstrate a broad, general understanding of how the film and TV industry works.

Enthusiasm and motivation
We would like you to show a passion for the film and television industry. You will need to be extremely motivated to succeed! We want to help you to do just that but you need to show us that you are committed to a career in this area.

Transferable Skills
We'd like to know what skills you've gained from your previous experience and how they'd be useful working in film and television.