Media Trust & ScreenSkills Mentoring Programmes

Media Trust has partnered with ScreenSkills to run a series of Mentoring Programmes aimed at levelling the playing field and providing the UK with a more inclusive talent pool.

The programmes are supported by ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by the BFI as part of the Future Film Skills programme.

What are the programmes?

The Media Trust & ScreenSkills Mentoring Programmes match industry mentors from film, TV and gaming with entry-level and earlystage mentees looking to pursue or progress their career in the screen industries. For an overview of the different career stages, please see the ScreenSkills website.

Emerging Talent

The Media Trust & ScreenSkills Emerging Talent Mentoring Programme launched in September 2020. We were particularly keen to recruit mentees from groups that are traditionally under-represented in the screen industries – women, Black, Asian & minority ethnic and disabled talent were particularly encouraged to apply. Over the course of the six-month online programme, our 50+ mentees have been matched with an industry mentor for one-on-one mentoring and will also receive expert guidance on completing a practical assignment for their CV/portfolio. We are very grateful to Sky for their support for the programme.

Early-Stage Talent

The Media Trust & ScreenSkills Early-Stage Talent Mentoring Programme, launched in January 2021, matching 24 early-stage mentees looking to progress their career in behind-the-camera roles in film and TV with industry mentors. The programme is aimed, as with all our mentoring programmes, at talent from groups that are traditionally under-represented in the screen industries. We are also supporting talent based outside of London and the South-East. We are delighted that ITV are the principal screen industries partner for this programme.

Mentor the Mentors

The Media Trust & ScreenSkills Mentor the Mentors Programme, launching in May 2021, will match 27 mid to experienced career level mentees, recruited from Media Trust’s pre-existing base of screen industry mentors, with seasoned mentors predominantly from WarnerMedia. This programme will strengthen the pipeline of talent from groups that continue to be under-represented, particularly at HoD and senior level, in the screen industries. Each mentee will be matched with a series of different mentors and will meet with at least one of them every month from July to November. This structure will ensure mentees get exposure to a broad range of industry contacts and receive multiple perspectives on their career development. A big thank you to WarnerMedia for partnering with us on this exciting new programme.

Programme outcomes

Mentees

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
  • a strong and mutually supportive network with other mentees and mentors to help you grow in confidence and resilience

Mentors

Mentors benefit from:

  • training and opportunities to hone your leadership, coaching and mentoring skills
  • reverse mentoring and insights and perspectives from not just the next generation of talent but also talent from diverse communities and experiences
  • a strong and mutually supportive network with the other mentors and mentees
  • the satisfaction of using their skills and experience to pay it forward

Media Trust also runs other mentoring and training programmes for diverse talent looking to break into, or progress their careers, in the media and creative sectors. Visit our website for more information. And you can also visit the ScreenSkills website for their current mentoring and training opportunities here.

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

Media Trust & ScreenSkills Mentoring Programmes delivered by Media Trust

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