The GBCT Trainee Scheme
Applications are now closed for the 2021 intake.
Please come back in September for more information.
SOME INFORMATION ABOUT THE GBCT CAMERA TRAINEE PROGRAMME
The scheme is only open to people who have the right to live and work in the UK.
The GBCT Camera Trainee programme 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. To ensure relevance and to meet industry needs, the GBCT Board has developed a more inclusive and flexible programme that involves a great number of Guild members to teach and further support trainees – as well as 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. Whilst others started their own companies shooting material for corporate and online content programmes. And a few have even gone on to be trainees for a further period of time in order to specialise in either shooting underwater or aerial camera work. We are very pleased with how successful the Guild’s camera trainees are and even prouder to find many trainees applying to become full members of the Guild once they’ve achieved sufficient experience and credits as 2AC’s.
There are no hard and fast rules to becoming a camera trainee – there are no boxes to tick that guarantee you a place except a proven interest in cinematography, and being technically competent; how to add up figures properly, a good work ethic, patience, nice manners, an ability to take/receive orders and to think out of the box occasionally! Having a good memory is essential; the ability to make good tea and coffee is of paramount importance!
All Trainee Grips are trained, monitored and assessed by the Grips Branch of BECTU
If you need a Grip Trainee, your Key Grip should go to the Trainee Finder app on the Grips website: www.gripsbranch.org.uk
All Trainee Script Supervisors are monitored by the Script Supervisors Group.
If you need a Script Supervisor/Continuity Trainee, please either contact the ScreenSkills Trainee Finder/Co-ordiantor: www.screenskills.com or contact the Guild with your requirements and these will be forwarded to the Script Supervisors Group.