The GBCT Camera Trainee Scheme is aimed at future technicians who want to work predominantly on fiction productions. The Guild has been running its Trainee Scheme for several years now. However, to ensure relevance and to meet industry needs, the GBCT Board has from 2009 worked on the development of a more inclusive Trainee Scheme that involves a great number of Guild members to teach and further support trainees – as well as to ensure that the skills gained meet the highest GBCT standards.
Depending on how buoyant the industry is, it usually takes about eighteen months to two years for trainees to get sufficient experience of working on a variety of productions – either feature film, television drama or commercials – before making a decision as to how, why and where they should go on to develop their careers. Most trainees move on to becoming 2nd AC’s/Clapper Loaders; others channel their energies into being DITs (digital imaging technicians), video assist operators or take electrical qualifications and move across to being electricians. Some trainees have been known to move into the documentary or factual entertainment side of the industry as Camera Assistants. And a few have gone on to be trainees for a further period of time in order to specialise in either shooting underwater or aerial camera work.
The selection process for GBCT camera trainees is rigorous and competitive. What follows is an outline of that process and what happens from stage to stage:
The current set of 6 GBCT Camera Trainees started in January 2013.
We do not yet know when the next intake will be – this is industry work dependent.
All Trainee Grips are trained, monitored and assessed by the Grips Branch of BECTU.
All Trainee Script Supervisors are trained, monitored and assessed via the Script Supervisors Group.