10 December, 2007 – MWV+M unveils Northern Routes to success for North West TV Talent
Anyone in the Northwest who wants to work in TV is being offered a chance to take their first steps on the career ladder, with the launch of an inspirational and paid – new training programme.
Northern Routes will give successful applicants the opportunity to get invaluable, hands-on industry experience by offering placement opportunities with some of the region’s award-winning programme makers.
From production assistant to post-production, make-up to camera area, Northern Routes placements will cover all areas of behind-the-scenes production, with trainees also being paid £300 a week while they learn the tricks of their trade.
The initiative, aimed at nurturing new talent from across the north, is the result of months of partnership working between the three northern regional screen agencies: Northwest Vision and Media, Screen Yorkshire and Northern Film and Media, supported by the training body for the audiovisual industries, Skillset.
"We’ve always had close links with the other regional screen agencies in the north, but this is the first time we’ve worked so closely together to develop a training programme targeted at a wholly northern skills base," explains Alice Morrison, Chief Executive of Northwest Vision and Media, which works on behalf of the TV, film, radio and digital content industries.
"The Northwest already boasts one of the industry’s largest, and most highly talented skills base, outside of London. But if we want to continue to make the region one of the premiere locations to film in, then we need to support the new talent which production companies are looking for.
"That’s why it makes sense for the three northern screen agencies to work together, to be able to offer an even greater talent base to those productions," adds Alice.
Michael Grade, Chief Executive of ITV and Skillset Patron, is backing the ground-breaking Northern Routes project. "If we are to stay in touch with our audience demands we need an ongoing supply of fresh ideas, creativity and diverse perspectives," he says.
"Structured trainee schemes like Northern Routes are one of the key industry responses to this issue and I’m very pleased to give ITV’s support to this scheme."
Successful applicants will not only be given access to industry experts, but will also attend a series of workshops, prior to a 12-week work placement with a production company. They’ll also receive bespoke training based on individual needs, one-to-one mentor support and a training allowance.
To apply to Northern Routes, please visit www.visionandmedia.co.uk. Applicants must be aged over 18, with at least three months relevant industry experience, through either paid or voluntary work. Closing date for applications is January 2 2008.
Source: Northwest Vision + Media press release