ScreenSkills Emerging Talent Mentoring Programme

Media Trust is excited to be partnering with ScreenSkills to run their new Emerging Talent Mentoring Programme, aimed at levelling the playing field for young talent aged 18-30 from diverse backgrounds and providing the UK screen industries with a more inclusive talent pool.

This programme is supported by ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by the BFI as part of the Future Film Skills programme.

What’s the programme?

The Media Trust and ScreenSkills Emerging Talent Mentoring Programme matches 50 industry mentors from film, TV and gaming with 50 young people looking to pursue a career in the screen industries.

Our mentees benefit from 1-to-1 mentoring throughout the six-month programme. They also receive training, development and networking opportunities and expert guidance on completing a practical assignment.

Programme outcomes


Mentees benefit from:

  • a better understanding of possible career pathways in behind the camera and below the line roles within the screen industries
  • knowledge of the in-demand skills in the sector
  • training and development and networking opportunities
  • CV writing and interview skills
  • an understanding of how implicit bias works in the workplace and strategies for addressing this
  • a strong and supportive network with other mentees and mentors to help you grow in confidence and resilience
  • guidance and support to produce a piece of work that you can use when applying for work


Mentors benefit from:

  • training and opportunities to hone your leadership, coaching and mentoring skills
  • reverse mentoring, to gain a better understanding of what a younger generation of consumers are thinking and their behaviour
  • how implicit bias works in the workplace and strategies for addressing this
  • a strong and supportive network with the other mentors and mentees to give back and develop the next generation in a potentially life-changing way

When does the programme run?

This is a six-month programme, with online group induction sessions in September 2020 through to a graduation showcase in February 2021.

With guidance from Media Trust each mentoring pair manage their own meetings. In addition to the one-on-one mentoring between pairs, Media Trust also offers group mentoring events, check-ins and peer panels where mentors and mentees can hear multiple perspectives and share peer-to-peer learnings.

Applications for the programme are currently closed.

The programme gives you the room to explore and reveal exactly what you want from life and then hands you the tools to go and get it. You get to be in rooms with inspirational producers, execs and directors that meet you on an equal footing with mutual respect.

Kate Mitchell, Emerging Talent 2020 Mentee

ScreenSkills Emerging Talent Mentoring Programme delivered by Media Trust

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