Prime Video Craft Academy

The new Prime Video Craft Academy delivered by the National Film and Television School has places for 25 people from London and Glasgow on paid traineeships in a craft specialism working on a UK-produced Amazon Original Series or with our trusted Prime Video and Amazon Studios supply partners.

If you are committed to working in the film and television industry and developing a craft specialism, then this is the opportunity for you.

The 25 inaugural Academy participants will:

● Be given a 12-month contract of employment with the NFTS

● Work on some of the biggest TV productions currently being made in the UK for Prime Video

● Learn a craft specialism (e.g. Locations, Art Department)

● Access training and support from the NFTS, which is widely regarded to be one of the top film schools in the world. 

● Be awarded an NFTS Certificate in Production on successful completion of the traineeship. 

We particularly welcome applications from under-represented groups.

How does the traineeship work? 

Successful applicants will be employed by the NFTS on a 12-month fixed-term contract and earn the Real Living Wage. The Prime Video Craft Academy Manager based at the NFTS will be on hand to provide support and advice to the trainees throughout the programme, with mentorship from NFTS Heads of Department (HODs) and access to NFTS tuition. The NFTS will manage each participant’s attachment to TV productions.

During the traineeship you will either be working on a UK-produced Amazon Original Series or with a trusted Prime Video and Amazon Studios supply partners or you will be participating in NFTS training (either in person at one of our hubs or online), or be supporting student production activity. 

Towards the beginning of the traineeship, participants will be exposed to a range of  production departments in order to build their wider understanding of film and television production. As the year progresses, participants will be supported to specialise in areas such as Production, Assistant Directing, Art Department, Locations, Camera, Sound etc.

Participants’ home base will be at one of the two NFTS UK wide locations in Beaconsfield or Glasgow, for the duration of the 12-month traineeship. Due to the nature of production, it isn’t possible to confirm which productions trainees will work on in advance or where they will be based. Production takes place all over the UK so trainees should be prepared to commute or temporarily relocate at points during their traineeship. We will do our best to minimise the need for travel or relocation. All reasonable expenses will be met by the NFTS. 

Upon completion of the programme, the NFTS and Prime Video will work with the individual participants to plan and support their next steps into full time work within the screen industries. 

How much will I be paid?

As a trainee and employee of the NFTS, you'll be paid the Real Living Wage, which currently stands at £9.90 per hour. 

While working as a trainee, you'll receive training and be paid for your regular working hours (typically 35 hrs per week) as well as overtime. You'll also be entitled to 20 days paid holiday each year, plus bank holidays.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

You must have a demonstrable passion for film and TV 

● You must want to pursue a career specifically in film and television production 

● You must be self-driven and motivated, and able learn independently

● You must be willing to travel as part of the traineeship

● You must be available to start your traineeship in November 2022

● Although not essential, it is desirable if you can drive. If a driving licence is required we may be able to support you with lessons. 

● You must have the right to work in the UK. If you are shortlisted you will need to provide proof of your right to work in the UK. 

● You must be 18 or over by the application deadline.

● You must not be in full-time education by the 1st November 2022 when the traineeship begins.

● You must be available to attend the three-day selection workshop between 26th -28th October.

● You might be a school leaver, a graduate from a university or someone who is looking to move into film and tv after another career. We are keen to receive applications from a wide range of backgrounds. 

How to apply? 

To apply for one of the 25 trainee roles, please send the following four documents (in one email) to recruitment@nfts.co.uk  

● Your CV

A covering letter detailing why you are applying and what you hope to achieve as part of the traineeship. Please be clear which of the two NFTS hubs of Beaconsfield and Glasgow would be your preferred home base and which craft in particular you are interested in learning.

● A reference from someone who knows your work and your commitment to working in film and television (it may be a tutor, teacher, current boss, voluntary organisation etc who can evidence your passion for TV).

A completed Equality Monitoring Form 

● To make this process and traineeship as inclusive as possible please do let us know within your covering letter if you need us to make any reasonable adjustments while you are applying or taking up the traineeship.

The closing date for applications is 15 September 2022

Please note that we are unable to sponsor candidates for these roles, so we are only able to accept applications from candidates who are able to demonstrate their right to live and work in the UK.  If you do not have the right to work in the UK, we will not be able to progress your application.  

At the NFTS, people are at the heart of what we do. We’re an inclusive employer and are committed to equality of opportunity, and building a culturally diverse workforce. We are committed to being an anti-racist organisation and to increasing our representation of staff from ethnically diverse backgrounds. We strongly encourage applications from all backgrounds.

Candidate Selection

After applications close on 15 September the selection process will take place as follows:  

Stage 1

The National Film and Television School will read all eligible applications and decide on a shortlist.

We will be looking for applications which show commitment, passion and skills from past work, interests or other activities you have done that would be an asset in the film and TV industry. 

Before being approved for attendance at the selection workshop, applicants will be asked to provide evidence of their right to work in the UK. 

Stage 2

Up to 50 applicants for the trainee role will be shortlisted to attend a selection workshop which will take place in person over the three days of 26th - 28th October (please don’t apply for the traineeship if you are not available on these dates) hosted by The National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield. You will be notified by the end of September if you have progressed to this stage. Bursaries are available to help those in need of financial support to meet the out of pocket expenses of attending the workshop.  

The selection workshop will involve learning about the film and TV industry and participating in practical workshops, and having an interview. 

After the selection workshop the NFTS will write to all candidates to advise them of the outcome by the end of October.

Traineeship contracts will start on 1st November 2022 and will run until November 2023.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: When is the closing date for applications?
A:
15 September 2022

Q: What happens if I apply after the deadline has closed?
A: 
Your application will not be considered

Q: When will I hear back about my application?
A: 
Successful candidates who will progress to the selection workshop will be notified by the end of April. 

Q: When will the interviews take place?
A: 
Interviews will take place as part of the selection workshop over the three days of 26th - 28th October

Q: Where will the selection workshop and interviews take place?
A: 
They will be at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield.

Q: What happens if I am successful in my application, but I don’t live near where the productions are taking place or the training course?
A: 
You need to be located – or relocate – to be near to one of the NFTS UK wide locations in Beaconsfield and Glasgow to benefit fully from the traineeship on offer. You may need to commute or even move away from home temporarily to work on production.

Q: What hours will I do?
A: 
Your contract will be for a 35-hours paid week. When on production this may vary a little.  

Q: If I’m busy or working on the dates of the selection workshop, can I still take part in this programme?
A: 
No attendance at these three days are a compulsory part of the process. 

Q: I’m under 18, but I really want to start working, can I apply?
A: 
All applicants must be 18 or over on or before November 1, 2022. 

Q: Is this aimed at school/college/uni leavers only?
A: 
While we have a minimum age of 18 there is no maximum age. We would welcome applications from those with transferrable skills who might be looking to move into the TV and Film industry.

Q: How long will the traineeship last?
A: 
The traineeship lasts for 12 months.  You will be on a full-time contract for the duration of the traineeship, so you will need to be available to work and study for the whole period

Q: What's the pay?
A:
You'll be paid the Real Living Wage, which currently stands at £9.90 per hour.

Q: If I am successful, when will I start?
A: 
The start date will be 1 November 2022

Q: Will I be eligible for holiday leave?
A: 
As an employee of the National Film and Television School, you will receive 20 days of paid leave per year plus bank holidays. When you can take it will need to be negotiated and agreed. 

Q: I know I want to be a Director / Screenwriter is this the right thing for me?
A: 
No this is people who want to work in production and want to develop a craft specialisation.  

Q: The website says you welcome applications from under represented groups. What does that mean? 
A: The under-represented groups we look at primarily relate to the protected characteristics as defined in the UK Equality Act 2010.

You should use the following list as a guide for what areas of under-representation we are seeking to address:

● Age
● Disability
● Gender reassignment
● Pregnancy and maternity
● Race
● Religion or belief
● Sex
● Sexual orientation

In addition to the protected characteristics recognised by the Act, the NFTS also seeks to address under-representation in the following areas:

● Regional participation
● Socio-economic inclusion
● Caring responsibilities

Q: What happens at the end of the traineeship?
A: 
Upon completion of the programme, the NFTS and Prime Video will work with the individual participants to plan and support their next steps. And, of course, you will have gained skills and experience that are very much in demand in the industry. We can’t guarantee you will be offered further work.

Q: Will the academy always be based in Glasgow and Beaconsfield only?
A: We hope not! This is our inaugural year so we want to start in just two locations. But we hope to expand to other areas of the UK future years.
 

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