Support

Support

This work is continuing based on the recommendations in the following report:

Rewriting the script – Full Report

Rewriting the script – Exec Summary

Ailysgrifennu’r Sgript – Crynodeb Gweithredol

As part of our work promoting Diversity in Film and TV, we have researched all the support available to people in Wales to get a foot in the door.

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In Wales

Schemes

The Creative Industries Development Scheme

The Creative Industries Development Scheme (CiDS) is aimed at small business employees, sole traders and freelancers. The purpose of the scheme is to give more rurally located individuals who work for small businesses or are self-employed an opportunity to train for free whilst continuing to work. This is particularly important as it removes the barriers of rural isolation and financial restrictions on the individual.

Work Experience

Boomerang

Boomerang is a Wales based organisation working in TV. They offer 1 or 2 week-long work experience placements in a wide range of their current productions. However this is only available for those with a relevant degree or college course and who are 18 or above.

Equality and Diversity

Iris

The Iris Prize Film Festival has been running since 2007. It promotes and funds films created by or around the theme of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans*) community. They are also involved in the Pride Cymru’s Youth Festival in which they showcase short films produced by members of the LGBT community or where the focus of the film is around issues that affect this community. Their continued work to include, fund and support LGBT artists, producers and all members of the film workforce is internationally renowned for their support of under-represented groups in the film industry and beyond. The Iris Prize Festival is currently open for submissions for this year’s prize of up to £30,000 until 1 July 2016.

Straeon Iris

Iris has also launched a new Welsh language LGBT short film scheme supported by S4C and Ffilm Cymru Wales via BFI NET.WORK. The Scheme called Straeon Iris (Iris Stories) aims to encourage more LGBT stories for the screen, from Wales, about Wales, and in Welsh. It is open to individual writers and also writer and director teams. During this scheme six scripts for short films will be developed and of these one will be selected to go into production.

Iris in the Community

Iris has secured Big Lottery Funding to work with community groups across Wales to build tolerance and understanding of Wales’ LGBT communities, promoting equality and diversity alongside community cohesion. The ambitious project will run for three years and involve 36 communities across Wales. Each project will include the production of a short film and the production of a film festival and enable participants to develop skills and experience in the film sector.

For further details contact Jamie@irisprize.org.

CULT Cymru

CULT Cymru provides training, advice and support to people in the creative industries in Wales. Its aim to support creative professionals in accessing training which is relevant, accessible and affordable. Courses cover a variety of different skills including:

  • Business Skills (e.g. Marketing & Promotion, Finance and Pitching);
  • Industry or Job Specific (e.g. Voice Coaching, Writing software, Music Masterclasses, Rigging and Make-up.)
  • Other (e.g. Project Management, Train the Trainer and First Aid)

Elsewhere in the UK or UK wide

Broadcasting companies

Channel 4 – UK wide

Channel 4’s main method of encouraging participation in their workforce and programming is via their Alpha Fund which is administered through their Creative Diversity team. The Fund is in place to assist start-ups, regionally based companies, projects with diverse talent attached and grassroots innovation. They also run the 4 Disabled Talent which is a part of their wider 4 Talent scheme to support individuals in taking up positions within the industry and to develop their careers. 4 Disabled Talent encourages “production companies to cast and employ disabled people, whatever the subject matter or programme genre”. They also monitor the disability reputation in their programmes and on their production teams. Channel 4 have also published two reports Guide to Improving On-Screen Diversity and Guide to Improving Off-Screen Diversity, which advise producers on how they can increase diversity on and off-screen. Furthermore they annually invest approximately £200,000 into training and support for disabled people who want to work in television. This included funding for projects such as their Diversity Production Training Scheme and broadcast series such as The Shooting Party.

BBC – UK wide

Extend is a BBC-wide placement scheme which offers appropriately experienced and/or qualified disabled people a great opportunity to gain six months paid work within the BBC. Placements are available across the country, in both programming and support areas. This includes the guarantee of:

  • A salary of £20,800 per annum (pro rata) for placements outside London and £25,205 per annum (pro rata) for London placements
  • Practical skills and knowledge from working alongside experienced people across the BBC
  • Direct support from BBC host managers and a personal mentor from the Extend Scheme
  • A work plan with set objectives and periodic reviews
  • An understanding of broadcasting from the world’s most respected broadcaster

The scheme also ties in with the BBC Disability Access Service that provides assessments and support for disabled people throughout the recruitment process and in employment. The BBC Future Media ensures that all works to make all of the content produced by the BBC accessible to everyone.

ITV – UK wide

ITV is the biggest commercial family of channels in the UK. Behind every famous face there are hundreds of others all doing their bit to make it happen. We love telly, we’re passionate about content, and most importantly, we understand our audiences. As a growing international company we’re commercially minded and have a global focus. We’re all about pushing the boundaries and being innovative.

As a broadcaster at the heart of popular culture, we want to reflect the diversity of modern Britain in what we do. We are the UK’s biggest commercial broadcaster and we bring diversity into programmes that attract wide audiences. ITV’s commissioning team have embedded a framework setting out ITV’s expectations around Social Responsibility.

The Big Idea

ITV are proud members of @diversityukjobs and part of a wider movement for real change in recruitment and employment in the UK. 

Networks

Creative Diversity Network – UK Wide

Since its creation in 2000 the Creative Diversity Network is a forum consisting of a number of member organisations. The Network is paid for by its member bodies including current members: BAFTA, BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5/Viacom, Creative Skillset, PACT, ITN, ITV, Media Trust, S4C, Sky and Turner Broadcasting. The aim of the Network is to bring together several key stakeholders who employ and/ or make programs that are broadcast on UK television in order to promote, celebrate and share good practice around the diversity agenda. Their key objective is to engage with those involved in the UK television industry, get those involved in the Network to drive for change and increase the understanding of the business case for greater representation and inclusion. As this is a forum that is run by its members and therefore the ultimate responsibility for the strategic direction falls on the CEO’s of each member organization. The group meets annually to report and evaluate progress. Their remit covers aspects of diversity including ethnicity, disability, sexuality, gender and age.

Programs and Schemes – Film and TV

Sgil Cymru

Based at Pinewood Studio Wales in Cardiff, the team has almost 75 years combined experience in bilingual media training and production. Sgil Cymru currently has 25 apprentices on 3 different schemes, working at companies across south Wales including BBC Cymru Wales, Equinox Communications, ITV Cymru WalesReal SFX and S4C. Through partnership with Creative Skillset, Sgil Cymru is delivering a package of training courses for the UK film industry in 2016 and 2017.

 

3Gs Community Development Trust

Their objective is to develop the latent talent in the community to enable and support participation in the mainstream supply-chain that the Creative Industries has to offer. Supporting partners are wide-ranging and include the Welsh Government (Creative Industry Team) and Pinewood Studios. They also have Cardiff and Bristol Universities’ involvement.

Social Firms Wales

Social Firms Wales is the National Support Agency for Social Firm development across Wales. It is committed to the creation of employment opportunities for disadvantaged people through the development and support of Social Firms in Wales.

Creative Cardiff

Supporting the city’s creative economy and encouraging people to work together to raise the city’s ambitions. They’re enable staff and students to engage with the creative industries and develop plans to create physical and virtual spaces that allow these collaborations to take place.

Creative Access

Creative Access was founded in 2012 to provide opportunities for paid internships in the creative industries for young people of graduate (or equivalent standard) from under-represented black, Asian and other non-white minority ethnic backgrounds (BAME). We aim to improve their chances of securing full-time jobs and, in the longer term, increase diversity and address the imbalance in the sector.

Creative Skillset

Creative Skillset empowers the Creative Industries to develop skills and talent; it does this by influencing and shaping policy, ensuring quality and by securing the vital investment for individuals to become the best in their field and for businesses to grow. As the industry skills body for the Creative Industries, we work across film, television, radio, animation, visual effects, games, fashion, textiles, advertising, marketing communications and publishing.

Creative Europe

Creative Europe is the European Union’s program that was initiated to support the cultural, creative and audiovisual sectors. This includes funding art, film, dance, media and animation programs. Creative Europe Desk UK promotes awareness and understanding of Creative Europe, and provides free advice and support for applicants from the UK.

Women in Film & TV (UK)

Women in Film & TV (WFTV) are a leading membership organisation who support women working in the creative media industry in the UK. They support and assist women to start further their careers in the industry by having a network of members and organising workshops, events, mentoring and awards.

Zebra Uno

Support individuals with any form of hearing loss. They are experts in providing British Sign Language (BSL) films as well as other forms of media. In addition they provide training to support Deaf people in their search for suitable employment.

Hi8us

Hi8us is a national media and arts charity. They work to produce innovative media with young people in their communities. They encourage and support young people to learn from media professionals and get their stories heard in the mainstream media. They work with the following industries film, television and media. The five key areas that they work around include:

  • Community Developing community-based media projects, which reflect the concerns and aspirations of local people, empowering them to express their experiences and opinions.
  • Education / Learning Education and interactive projects, many of which are designed as e-learning tools, transferring soft and hard skills.
  • TV & Film Production Production of films, documentary, drama and music video, which represent Europe’s increasingly diverse population.
  • Services Delivery of training and support using a range of methods such as specifically tailored business support schemes.
  • Policy & Research Accumulation of knowledge in the field of participatory media with the aim of influencing policy makers.

The Royal Television Society (RTS)

The RTS embraces all aspects of television, and is open to anyone with an interest in the medium. As an educational charity, they offer Television Production and Technology bursaries to help individuals from less affluent backgrounds get a foothold in the industry and Masterclass sessions bring together students, academics and heads of industry.

The Mouth That Roars (MTR) 

This organisation is a charity that helps young people learn film making techniques and produce films for other young people and the wider community. They support individuals who wouldn’t normally have access to media resources. They try to encourage cultural exchange and challenging of mainstream media perceptions.

House of Black

House of Black is a platform for the Black British Community and is specifically dedicated to showcasing and celebrating the best in Black British talent, content and programming. They provide a place where anyone can view and share films and series which have been produced by talented individuals from the Black British Community.

Intermedia – part of Creative Skillset

InterMedia was set up by Creative Skillset’s LGBT employee group Powwa (Part Of Who We Are) and Stonewall in 2012. It is an LGBT network group for people working in the media. Their members come from a variety of industries including film, TV, publishing, computer games, radio, advertising, marketing communications, and VFX. Signals Signal seeks to encourage participation in film and media. They provide a wide range of educational activities which is targeted at a wide cross-section of the community. In addition their community projects enable disadvantaged groups work on production projects. Participants can gain support from writing through to the editing.

The British Blacklist

The British Blacklist is the UK’s only database of British Black Talent and Entertainment.

The Rural Media Company

The Rural Media Company is an award-winning media charity creating opportunities and giving a voice to disadvantaged and rural communities through creative digital arts projects. This includes a number of films that share the views of the communities.

Extend Scheme

Extend is a BBC-wide placement scheme which offers appropriately experienced and/or qualified disabled people a great opportunity to gain six months paid work within the BBC. Placements are available across the country, in both programming and support areas. This includes the guarantee of:

  • A salary of £20,800 per annum (pro rata) for placements outside London and £25,205 per annum (pro rata) for London placements
  • Practical skills and knowledge from working alongside experienced people across the BBC
  • Direct support from BBC host managers and a personal mentor from the Extend Scheme
  • A work plan with set objectives and periodic reviews
  • An understanding of broadcasting from the world’s most respected broadcaster

The scheme also ties in with the BBC Disability Access Service that provides assessments and support for disabled people throughout the recruitment process and in employment. The BBC Future Media ensures that all works to make all of the content produced by the BBC accessible to everyone.

Underwire Film Festival

Celebrating female filmmakers and the films that they produce. The festival recognises talent across Directing, Producing, Screenwriting, Editing, Cinematography, Sound Design, and Composing, and any short film that has a woman in one of those roles is eligible. They also focus on the representation of women on-screen with Girls on Film, an annual day of discussions presented in partnership with Little White Lies.

The TV Collective

A membership organisation who support ‘visible diverse talent’ achieve their creative endeavours within the UK creative media industry. Working with diverse production talent in film, TV and online. They arrange online forums, industry panels, consultancy, events, networking opportunities, workshops, and management.

Disability Arts Online (DAO)

Deaffest is the UK’s Deaf-led film and arts festival, which celebrates the talents of Deaf filmmakers and media artists from all over the world.

B3 Media

B3 work to make connections between multi-cultural communities in the UK and Britain’s creative industries. The main methods they employ to achieve this are:

  • Networking: Giving access to people, networks, opportunities, ideas, technologies and skills.
  • Training: Hot-housing new ideas and talent through workshops and training.
  • Support: Offering bespoke mentoring and one to one advice from people who have already done it.
  • Production: Providing support and state-of-the-art facilities for the production of new work.
  • Showcasing: Creating showcases for new work; raising pro?les and connecting artists with audiences.

Identity School of Acting

Identity School of Acting is the UK’s leading & double award-winning part-time drama school providing acting training of the highest quality. 

The Independent article

Arpeggio Films

Arpeggio Films works in partnership with museums & galleries, public bodies, arts agencies and schools across the UK to create innovative and engaging film and digital media projects. They established the Beacon Hill Film project which supports filmmakers and musicians with disabilities and autism create and exhibit their own work. Beacon Hill Arts is now one of the official BFI Film Academies.

University of South Wales

Opportunities to get started in the creative industries by getting learning new skills.

Other Media

The Journalism Diversity Fund

The Journalism Diversity Fund was set up to make sure that newsrooms better reflect the communities they serve. Their aim is to train greater numbers of people from ethnically and socially diverse backgrounds to be journalists. The Fund also brings together the talent and decisions makers to keep diversity at the top of the agenda throughout the industry. The fund is administered by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ). There are a number of funders who contribute to the Fund including Newspaper Licensing Agency (NLA), The Scott Trust, Associated Newspapers and Sky. Furthermore there are a number of supporters of the Fund: the Society of Editors, The GuardianThe Observer, News UK, Pearson, talkSPORT and Creative Access. The fund is aimed at people without the financial means to attend NCTJ-accredited journalism courses who can show they are either socially or ethnically diverse. The Journalism Diversity Fund can help individuals with the following:

  • Have the costs of your NCTJ-accredited course and examination fees paid for
  • Equip yourself with the vocational skills required to embark on a successful career in journalism
  • Get work placements at leading publishing companies while completing your course
  • Receive contributions to your living expenses during your training

Women In Games Jobs

Women In Games (WIGJ) works to “recruit, retain and support the progression of women in the games industry by positively and actively promoting female role models and giving encouragement and information to those women seeking to work in games”. The organisation was initially set up as a not for profit under the UK’s company act in 2006. It works on the premise that there is under-representation of women in the games industry and that the balance needs to be readdressed.

Women in Radio (WRG)

Similarly WRG works to increase representation of women in the radio industry by providing training, careers advice and support.

The Disabled Photographers’ Society

The Disabled Photographers’ Society is a registered charity formed in 1968 to help make photography accessible to those with disabilities. The society is run by a team of dedicated volunteers, most of whom are disabled photographers themselves.

Equality Publishing

Equality in Publishing (EQUIP) is another membership organisation which is funded by The Publishers Association and the Independent Publishers Guild. One of their four key areas of work is to conduct research into workforce development, equality and diversity. Within their charter they have a commitment to create a network of businesses with a commitment to equality and diversity in publishing.

Sound Women

Sound Women is a network which encourages, supports and promotes women in UK radio. The aim is to address the under-representation of women on air and in promoted posts.

Creative Access

Creative Access is looking for talented young people from Black, Asian and non-white minority ethnic backgrounds to fill paid internship places at many of the UK’s top media organisations.

Media cannot reflect society, if society is not reflected in the media.

EHRC Guide: ‘Thinking outside the box: Supporting the television broadcasting industry’

The EHRC have developed a guide for people working in the television broadcasting sector who need support to increase the diversity of talent both on- and off-screen. It outlines some basic principles of equality law, particularly in relation to disability, and offers advice on overcoming barriers to diversity in the industry. It also provides clear guidance on some common scenarios faced by employers, such as programme makers, independent production companies and recruiters, when trying to reach and hire a more diverse range of employees.

Creative Toolkit

This site is for anyone looking for inspiration and support with a career in  the media and entertainment sectors: you could be looking at film, television, radio, theatre, the arts or any of the allied areas.

Here you’ll find information and advice on getting started, working with others, your rights in the workplace, guidance on health and safety and insurance and much more.