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.

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 began in September 2021. The programme runs until the end of February 2022.

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 was aimed, as with all our mentoring programmes, at talent from groups that are traditionally under-represented in the screen industries. We were also supporting talent based outside of London and the South-East. We were delighted that ITV were the principal screen industries partner for this programme.

The second season of the Early-Stage Talent programme launched in March 2022 and ran from the end of April-October 2022, in partnership with Channel 4. We paired 39 mentees with mentors from across the screen industries. As with all our mentoring programmes we especially encouraged applications from underrepresented groups, and in this case particularly D/deaf, disabled and/or neurodivergent talent. This disability focus continues Media Trust’s work over the past few years, ensuring the screen industries become more receptive to and representative of disabled talent.

Season three of our Media Trust and ScreenSkills Early-Stage Talent Mentoring Programme runs from September 2022 to February 2023. We want to move the dial on the under-representation of talent from outside London and the South-East, in off-screen roles. We matched 29 early-stage mentees (with a few entry-level exceptions possible for truly outstanding candidates or candidates with transferable skills from another industry) who are looking to progress their careers in behind-the-camera and below the line roles in film and TV with seasoned industry mentors. This programme has a regional and national focus – at least 75% of the mentees are based outside of London.

Mentor the Mentors

The Media Trust & ScreenSkills Mentor the Mentors Programme, launching in May 2021, matched 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 strengthens the pipeline of talent from groups that continue to be under-represented, particularly at HoD and senior level, in the screen industries. Each mentee is matched with a series of different mentors and meets with at least one of them every month from July to November. This structure ensures 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, launched in September 2021. We matched early-stage and experienced-level mentees who identify as having a disability, impairment, learning difference or long-term condition with disabled mentors from across the UK. Applications closed 5 October 2021 and induction begun shortly after. The programme runs until end of March 2022.

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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