Beyond Brontës: The Mayor’s Screen Diversity Programme

Screen Yorkshire trainees work on set. Image © ‎Jonny Walton

Beyond Brontës: The Mayor’s Screen Diversity Programme

Apply by Monday 11th December, 10am

Screen Yorkshire is calling for people with a passion for film and TV, to apply to Beyond Brontës: The Mayor’s Screen Diversity Programme. Our highly successful part-time training programme is designed to build your confidence and skills and empower you to embark on a rewarding career in film & TV. You must be aged 19 or over, live in West Yorkshire, and not have participated in a Skills Connect programme before to apply. 

Delivered by Screen Yorkshire, Beyond Brontës is a Skills Connect course, brought to you by the Mayor of West Yorkshire and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. Whether you’re hoping to upskill for your next promotion, retrain and switch up your job, or make your very first career move, a Skills Connect course can give you the boost you need for your next step.

Getting people into work in film and TV

Since 2019, Beyond Brontës has supported over 200 trainees, many of whom have gone on to work on high profile film and TV productions, such as: Bridgerton, The Witcher, The Duke, Gentleman Jack, Jamie Johnson FC, The Railway Children Return, Mission Impossible 7, Race Around the World, All Creatures Great and Small, The Great British Sewing Bee, Steph’s Packed Lunch, Sky Peals, and Bonus Track, at high-profile factual production companies such as True North, Wise Owl Films, Candour, and broadcasters including Channel 4 and ITV. 

Suranne Jones behind the scenes during the filming of Gentleman Jack series 2. Lookout Point for BBC One

Successful applicants will take part in a training package showcasing the industry, from idea development, to post-production and distribution, introducing them to a wide range of roles, from research, story-telling, development, production office and editing – to on-set crew roles, working in departments like locations, costume, hair and make-up, art department, production department, script supervision, lighting, camera and sound. The training programme includes industry masterclasses and practical workshops under the guidance of industry mentors; CV and interview advice and workshops; tips on working as a freelancer, including finance and networking advice, and set etiquette training.

We will support participants with finding their first job in the screen industries with 1-2-1 skills assessments and career advice and practical help to secure entry level employment in the screen industries.

What will participants walk away with?

An overview of the screen industry landscape and job roles in film and TV, including:

  • Understanding of entry level opportunities within film and TV
  • Progression opportunities and career paths within the screen industries
  • Basic set etiquette, preparing participants for entry level job roles in film and TV 
  • CV and interview skills
  • Increased confidence and recognition of transferable knowledge, skills and individual abilities
  • Opportunities to explore a role/work area they are interested in with the help of an industry mentor
  • Understanding what it means to work as a freelancer within film and TV
  • Access to information about film and TV job and training opportunities and where to find them
  • Access to Screen Yorkshire’s ongoing support, including trainee hub, crew service and further training opportunities

Screen Yorkshire trainee works on set © Jonny Walton

Who can apply?

We are looking for individuals who have a true passion for working in film and TV, but you are not sure where to start. You must be aged 19 or over and live in West Yorkshire to apply and not have participated in a Skills Connect programme before.

No experience or qualifications in the film and TV industry are necessary, however, applicants must show a commitment to starting a career in the screen industries and be available to take on freelance contracts, short-term or long-term employment within 6 months after completing the course.

University graduates, or people who will soon graduate, are welcome to apply, as are people with transferable skills looking to change their career path at any life stage. We are looking for trainees who bring a diverse range of experiences to the group and we actively encourage applicants from groups who are currently underrepresented in the film and television industries. Please refer to our FAQs to find out which groups are considered underrepresented.

When will Beyond Brontës: The Mayor’s Screen Diversity Programme take place?

Our part-time 2024 training programme runs across West Yorkshire from January to May 2024. This will include an in-person Introduction Weekend on 20th and 21st January. Training sessions are designed to be accessible to those with existing commitments and will take place primarily on weekends for in person sessions or Tuesday or Thursday evenings for online sessions. Attendance at these training sessions is mandatory. Our in-person practical workshops will take place on the weekends and Saturdays of: 

  • 20th and 21st January 
  • 17th and 18th February 
  • 9th and 10th March  
  • 20th and 21st April  
  • 4th and 5th May 

All dates are subject to change – a full schedule will be available at the start of the programme. Although the training aims to be comprehensive, training in specific roles and technical skills will be limited due to wide remit. 

Applications close at 10.00am on 11th December 2023

Applications received after this date will not be considered. If for any reason you need to submit your application by an alternative method or have any other queries, then please contact training@screenyorkshire.co.uk. To apply, please complete and submit our online application form via the button below. You have the option to record or film your answers to the main questions instead of submitting them in written format. 

In the event that your are shortlisted for the programme, you will be invited to an online interview either on Monday 11th December, Tuesday 12th December, Wednesday 13th December, or Thursday 14th December 

Successful applicants will be offered a place by the week continuing 18th December 2023 and will be expected to accept within 48 hours of the offer. We will endeavour to contact everyone who applies, however due to the number of applications we receive, if you have not heard from us by the end of December, mid-January, please assume you have not been offered a place on the course. 

 

Hear from our previous trainees:

Shehzida worked on Screen Yorkshire-funded feature film Sky Peals as part of her Beyond Brontës training, and has since worked on a wide variety of projects including commercials, short film Youthless (which has been picked up by Rollem Productions for adaptation into a 6-part TV drama) and a Taylor Swift music video.

Beyond Brontës provided me with amazing opportunities to get experience and build my industry network. I’m so glad I took the leap and applied - it made access to the industry far less daunting, and helped me to realise that Film and TV is for me.

Shehzida Iqbal, Beyond Brontës alumni

Calvin Cawood, Beyond Brontës alumni. Photo by David Gennard.

Beyond Brontës trainee Calvin Cawood has worked on digital imaging and camera for projects including Indiana Jones and The Dial of Destiny.

Beyond Brontës was a great first step for me. I learned so much about every aspect of the industry. I would highly recommend it to any aspiring filmmakers based in Yorkshire.

Calvin Cawood, Beyond Brontës alumni

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I have to attend every programme activity?

Yes, you will be required to ideally attend all sessions, which form part of the programme.  We understand that occasionally there may be circumstances, e.g. illness, unexpected caring responsibilities or last-minute changes in your work plan, that will prevent you from attending the training. In such cases the Beyond Brontës team needs to be notified as soon as possible and in advance of the session if at all possible.

Can I apply if I live outside of West Yorkshire?

If you live just outside of West Yorkshire and you are determined to take up work within West Yorkshire and the majority of your previous work and/or education was in West Yorkshire, then we may be able to consider your application. Acceptance to the course will be subject to approval by our funders and we highly recommend to get in touch with the Beyond Brontës team at training@screenyorkshire.co.uk before the application deadline to discuss whether an exception to the West Yorkshire rule is possible. 

Is this course free?

For most people this course will be for free. If you are currently employed by a company within the screen industries, please get in contact with the team (training@screenyorkshire.co.uk), as a small fee may apply.

Who can apply for Beyond Brontës?

To be eligible for the Beyond Brontës programme, you must be:
  •  Be over the age of 19 by 31st July
  •  Live in one of the following West Yorkshire districts: Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, or Wakefield
  • Meet at least one diversity criteria. Beyond Brontës is an access programme with the aim of supporting those with identities or characteristics that are under-represented in the industry. Please see next question for a description of some of the characteristics we consider as underrepresented.
  •  Be available to take on at least temporary, short-term employment, or full employment within 6 months after completing the course.
  • Have not taken part in a Skills Connect course previously

How do I know if I am under-represented in the screen industries and eligible for Beyond Brontës?

Beyond Brontës intention is to redress the issue of under-representation in the screen industries by aiding under-represented individuals with protected characteristics to enter the industry. Therefore, we encourage applicants who identify with having a protected characteristic that may be under-represented in the industry to apply for the programme. Some of these protected characteristics are: gender, race/ethnicity, age, disability, LGBTQ+ identity, religion, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership. There is more information on protected characteristics here: https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/equality-act/protected-characteristics We also welcome applications from people who are from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, those based in areas with poor transport links and any other access challenges. If you are unsure if you are under-represented in the screen industries there is further information here: https://www.bfi.org.uk/sites/bfi.org.uk/files/downloads/bfi-workforce-diversity-in-uk-screen-sector-evidence-review-2018-03.pdf (see pp. 31-39), or please get in touch with the team: training@screenyorkshire.co.uk

Do I have to attend every programme activity?

Yes, you will be required to ideally attend all of the programme.  We understand that occasionally there may be important commitments that clash with training, and will request notice of these in advance.

I’m working, can I fit this job around work or education?

Ultimately it is a personal decision whether you can balance the programme with other responsibilities and commitments.  However our sessions will take place on evenings and weekends to make it more feasible to fit around other commitments.

Can I reapply for Beyond Brontës?

Yes – we encourage applicants to reapply for the programme if they have not been previously successful. Please check back here, or follow us on social media (see the Follow Us section on this page) for updates on when the recruitment for the next programme will start. We expect this to be in spring/early summer 2024.

What experience do I need to join the course?

While there is no expectation that you will have any experience in the Film and/or TV industry, you will have gained useful experience and transferable skills in previous jobs or education, which will come in useful for employment in the screen industries.

What is considered as "available for employment"?

Available for employment covers any paid employment, including:
  • Being available to take on paid work placements up to four weeks in duration
  • Dailies (one-to-two day experiences) work on set
  • Freelance work servicing or within the screen industries
  • Short-term or long-term contracts within the industry
  • Work in related industries such as Marketing, Distribution, Cinema Exhibition
   

 

I’m studying at University/have a degree. Does that make me ineligible?

Regardless of whether your degree is related to the screen industries: 
  • If you have graduated from university/ college, and do not currently have an established career in the screen industries, you are eligible to apply.  
  • If you are currently studying in your first/ second year of a degree, you are unfortunately not eligible for the course.   
  • If you are in your final year and will graduate directly before/ just after the start of the programme, you are eligible to apply.

I’m new to the screen industries. Where can I find out about job roles in the Film & TV Industry?

Beyond Brontes will introduce you to a wide range of jobs in the screen industries.  However, for further information, please refer here:myfirstjobinfilm.com/UK/resources/careers-guide

I’m receiving benefits. Will the programme affect them?

There are various benefits that can be claimed with specific regulations and rules on what might affect your benefit claim. The best way to assess your query, would be to visit your local Department of Work and Pensions or alternatively, contact them. Details for contacting your relevant claim department by telephone, can be found here: https://customerservicecontactnumber.uk/dwp/

Will I be trained in a particular field of the screen industries?

Beyond Brontës will provide various resources to help the selected cohort gain knowledge, skills and confidence in the industry overall, in addition to supporting individuals’ tailored career interests so they can take on a first job in the screen industries. Where we can, we will cater to help individuals gain access and insight into their field of interest.  However participants will be required to interact with the whole programme and applicants must show a commitment to starting a career in the screen industries and be available to take on at least temporary, short-term employment, or full employment within 6 months after completing the course.

Still got some questions?

If you have read the course outline and application form, but still have some questions, or need support completing your application, you can contact our Senior Skills Coordinator, Abigail or our Programme Coordinator Grace.

  • Karen Roch

    Karen Roch, Manager - Skills Manager

    Karen manages the delivery of our skills programmes, utilising her industry expertise to up-skill Yorkshire's screen talent and connect new entrants to the industry, shaping the Film, TV and Screen Workforce of the future. Karen has more than 30 years' of industry experience working in both studio and on location settings. Karen's specialist craft skills have been honed within the Art Department, working alongside large production teams, from High -End TV Dramas and Feature Films, through to Short Films and Commercials, During her career, Karen has also shared her insights through tuition at many universities. Karen manages a number of Skills Programmes at Screen Yorkshire, including our Beyond Brontës: The Mayor's Screen Diversity Programme and Digital Skills for Screen.
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    Grace Keenan, Programme Co-ordinator

    Grace works with Karen and Bea to help develop and deliver Beyond Brontës: The Mayor's Screen Diversity Programme, which aims to instil in its participants the confidence and skillset to enter into screen industries employment. She also works with The Unit - a Channel 4 and Bradford Council funded, open-access production and filmmaking hub for both new entrants and experienced filmmakers in the Bradford district. In both capacities, Grace's interests lie in carving pathways to employment in the creative industries for underrepresented communities, and combining her love of film with improving the accessibility of the arts for all.