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Screen Yorkshire is seeking applications from individuals interested in pursuing a career in High End TV Drama for its new training scheme ‘Boost Camp’. New entrants based in Yorkshire & Humber are being invited to apply to an intensive three day skills and knowledge development programme for crew, which is being supported by the High End TV Levy Fund, managed by Creative Skillset.

The UK production sector boom, fuelled by factors including tax credits and growth in the VOD market, has led to an increase in High End TV Drama commissions, with many, such as Victoria, Peaky Blinders and Gunpowder choosing to film in Yorkshire. The Yorkshire Content Fund and Church Fenton Yorkshire Studios have further contributed to the growth of the region’s film & TV industry, which has outstripped the rest of the UK by more than double in the past five years. Creative Skillset commissioned Screen Yorkshire to adapt their successful boot camp model to specifically meet the increasing demands placed on crew by the High End TV Drama sector.

Applications to BOOST CAMP are now invited from individuals aged 21 and over who already have a degree or other higher qualification in an industry-related subject, but who have yet to convert that learning into a career.  Applications are also welcome from individuals who did not study a related subject but who have a demonstrable desire to enter the industry.

BOOST CAMP is specifically aimed at behind camera and “below-the-line” technical roles in the film industry.  *Please be aware that Boost camp does not have the remit or scope to develop actors or writers.

Boost Camp will take place in Leeds in January 2018. Three days of “classroom” based training will include talks and question & answer sessions with some of the most talented and experienced crew members currently working in the UK High End TV sector.

Richard Knight, Head of Production at Screen Yorkshire says: ‘’There’s no doubt that the industry is thriving here in Yorkshire and we have a highly skilled crew base, but we’re increasingly operating in an environment where shoot dates on a number of major drama productions are coinciding and its putting pressure on the local workforce.

We’ve had fantastic success with our film industry boot camps, so we’ve tailored what we know is a tried and tested formula to meet the demands of the rapidly evolving HE TV Drama sector. We want to maximise an individual’s chances of success in the industry and make sure Yorkshire continues to be one of the most sought after destinations for film & TV.’’

Kaye Elliott, Creative Skillset High End TV Programme Lead says: “Attracting new talent to the High End TV industry in the regions is vital to sustain growth. These regional boot camps serve as an ideal entry pathway for those interested in a career in High End TV drama.”

‘Victoria’ filming at Church Fenton Yorkshire Studios © Mammoth Screen / ITV

Charanprite Dhami from Pontefract, who attended Screen Yorkshire’s Bootcamp last year, has since amassed credits on major feature films, including Journeyman, Ghost Stories and Gold.

‘’The level of experience and range of industry speakers on bootcamp was really insightful and I’ve become a more multi-skilled member of crew as a result. The CV workshops were also fantastic and have played a part in helping me to find more work on bigger projects.

One of the best things about Bootcamp is that the support from Screen Yorkshire continues long after the course ends. Finding work as a freelancer has its challenges, but I now have a new network of mutually supportive peers that have helped open doors to some amazing job opportunities.’’

Gunpowder filmed in Yorkshire: image © Kudos / BBC One


The closing date for applications is 5pm on Thursday 14th December 2017.

As part of its ongoing commitment to diversity, Screen Yorkshire welcomes applications from underrepresented groups in the TV industry; particularly from those who consider themselves to have a disability, or applicants with a BAME background.

Screen Yorkshire’s Boost Camp is supported by the High End TV Levy Fund, managed by Creative Skillset. After completing Boost Camp, participants will have a clearer idea of the UK HETV industry, with a greater knowledge of the roles and opportunities on offer and should be well placed to apply for the Creative Skillset Trainee Finder scheme.