BECTU, the media and entertainment union, has been keen to support young people looking to follow careers in the arts and recently held an event in Westminster Kingsway College to help all would be apprentices and trainees in the creative sectors learn more about how to find the right career pathways.
Find Your Future 2015 was aimed primarily at 16-18 year olds not in further education; however all new entrants wishing to pursue the apprenticeship or trainee routes were welcomed.
At the heart of the event was the all-important ‘Market Place’ where a host of employers and key industry bodies, were on hand with information and guidance including highlighting upcoming apprenticeship and trainee schemes.
These included: ABTT (Association of British Theatre Technicians), ALD (Association of Lighting Designers), ATG ( Ambassador Theatre Group), BBC Academy, BECTU, Creative & Cultural Skills, Creative Skillset, DiVA (Diversity in Visual Arts), Fairfield Halls, High House Production Park, National Theatre, Roundhouse, Sadlers' Wells, Springboard Media, Stage Electrics, Westminster Kingsway College, White Light, Youth Media Agency, Nederlander Theatres and Camden Apprenticeships.
There were also presentations and workshops throughout the day providing expert insight into the world of film, TV and theatre. They included:
- BBC Academy - Apprenticeship opportunities in the BBC.
- Is a career in live events right for you?
- Creative Skillset - Careers & routes into film & TV
- BBC Academy on Creative Pitching.
- BECTU - Safeguarding young people entering the industry.
- Certified UK - On being a young entrepreneur
- Creative Cultural Skills - Careers and routes into theatre & live events.
BECTU acknowledges the generous support of Westminster Kingsway College and the Union Learning Fund with the staging of this event. There was a lot of very positive feedback from young people attending the day.
Highlighting the "Safeguarding young people entering the industry" workshop, one attendee said:
This was a bit of a reality check from BECTU and clearly demonstrated the need for a more diverse workforce. It also highlighted the importance of being paid for work and not to work for nothing for an extended period."
Whilst in feedback forms following the event others commented:
A useful insight into the production skills and overlap between film and radio as more visual elements are introduced into radio broadcasting. Good to know about the Academy and the opportunities in trainee programmes, work experience and apprenticeships as well as the extended work experience opportunity for women and disabled people to develop diverse talent."
It made me start looking for opportunities in theatre as well as TV and reminded me that there are cross-over’s between the industries and transferable skills."
Thank you for a brilliant day! I would highly recommend it to anyone considering a career in media. I'm 24 and changing industry so it was a helpful networking opportunity."
BECTU thanked Westminster Kingsway College and the Union Learning Fund (ULF) for their support with the staging of this event and Find You Future Organiser, Lezli Everitt, said:
BECTU Find Your Future was truly successful in providing the right advice in an informal setting, helping future new entrants to learn more about the different sectors. This was a fantastic event and we know that however talented you are it can be tough to get on that first rung of the ladder, therefore we hope to do more both here in London and in the regions, possibly Salford next year."