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 various career-stage 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.

Applications are open for Media Trust & ScreenSkills Reframing Disability Mentoring Programme, in partnership with BBC 50:50. Application deadline is 5 October.

Emerging Talent

Season 1 of the Media Trust & ScreenSkills Emerging Talent  Mentoring Programme in partnership with Sky 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 were matched with an industry mentor for one-on-one mentoring and received expert guidance on completing a practical assignment for their CV/portfolio.  

Our second season of the Emerging Talent programme in partnership with Discovery launched on 23 June 2021. The programme is for entry-level and very early-career mentees keen to work in behind the camera roles in the film and TV industries. Again we particularly encouraged applications from groups who are currently under-represented in these industries. Induction for the programme will begin in September 2021.

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.

Reframing Disability Mentoring Programme

We want to move the dial on the representation of disabled talent in off-screen roles in the UK screen industries. Media Trust & ScreenSkills Reframing Disability Mentoring Programme, in partnership with BBC 50:50, launches in August 2021. We will match early-stage and experienced-level mentees who identify as having a disability, impairment, learning difference or long-term condition with disabled BBC mentors from across the UK. Applications close 5 October 2021.

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


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 TrustThe National Lottery logo, the BFI logo and the ScreenSkills logo

Supporting Partners:

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Discovery logo

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Our Corporate Partners

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