CALLTIME FOUNDATIONS TRAINEE SCHEME:
CallTime Foundations, is a 'not for profit' Community Interest Company we run alongside our successful Diary Service.
Each year we personally interview over 100 Applicants who are wanting to break into the Uk Film and TV Drama industry. The applicants come from a variety of backgrounds, from people who are working in factual or entertainment programmes to those just graduating from college or university. There is nothing specfic we look for in those applying to Foundations. The only thing they have in common is a desire to work in the industry and a lack of contacts to help them break in.
After the application/interview process we then offer places to those who have impressed us. We then mentor and train these New Entrants, and eventually establish them within the industry.
We have been incredibly successful in opening the doors to a more diverse selection, ethnically and economically, of Trainees over the last few years. The idea behind the scheme is to make a stronger British Film Industry starting from the Foundations. good quality Training, Transparency in the work people have achieved, Education at each level and opening up Diversity within the industry.
How do I gain experience when I need experience to get the job in the first place?
This is where we can help. We are often asked to supply Runners for a variety of Roles and some of these Roles don’t require as much experience as others, such as; Lock Off PA, Location Marshall, Stand-In Runner, Rushes Runner.
The Trainees on our scheme are offered this type of paid work which helps them to build up their level of experience and their contacts. Guiding the Trainee to the position he or she wants to be in, whether this is Production Runner, Key Floor Runner, Cast PA, Director/Producer’s Assistant or Location Assistant.
Our Trainee Scheme is how we try and break the vicious circle of getting your foot in the door as a Runner without experience and contacts. Our Trainee Members have found this a very fair way to help them get their first few jobs.
The Trainee Scheme involves a formal application and interview process, not all applicants will be successful.
CallTime Foundations is 'not for profit' Community Interest Company. For the Trainee Scheme we charge an initial £150 fee for a 6 month contract, a copy of our 80 page manual, CV template, help with your personal CV, interview technique and mentoring. For each paid days work you receive wage direct from the Production. This averages between £110 - £130, daily or £550-£650 is on contract job. Any over time, per diems etc is all yours.
B.P: 2018 Foundations Trainee 2018:
It has allowed me to get my foot in the door of the industry and start my career in film and TV! It has put me in contact with industry professionals who have offered me invaluable advice! It has given me the belief to go forward!
Vicki and Tamana are a total force to be reckoned with and I feel so happy and grateful to be a part of CallTime! May your success long continue!
G S: Foundations Trainee 2018:
Before CallTime Foundations I knew absolutely no one in the industry, so I came to the conclusion that I was never going to work on a film. But so far I have worked five weeks as a PA on two really exciting films and have worked alongside people who I never would have crossed paths with before the scheme. The scheme has also made me change my mind on my career path. I always thought I wanted to work in Locations but it has made me realise I'm much more suited to Production work.
I think the booklet/guide that you gave us on our induction day provided really useful information and helped prepare me for my first day. Without it I think I would have pretty anxious.
M H: Foundations Trainee 2018:
CallTime Foundations started my career for me! I had one day on HDM as a location marshal... this then lead to working on MIB over the Summer through the contacts I made. CallTime also got me a day's work on The Spanish Princess as an AD. TSP brought me back over June/July as a daily before offering me a full time contract in the production office (the career I wish to pursue). I finished with TSP on 12/10 and started as a Production Runner on a new BBC 1 drama. I wouldn't have been able to get this far without the initial 'door' being opened for me! I couldn't be more grateful for the CallTime Foundation scheme. Thank you for everything!