Looking For Drama/Scripted Comedy Trainees

The Trainee Finder database gives you access to all the trainees currently part of the scheme. You can search for trainees by location, job role and availability.

Once you have reviewed the profile of the relevant trainees you can select as many as you want to contact. The expression of interest button on the trainee’s profile will alert the Trainee Finder team who will then send you the contact details of the trainees so you can contact them for interview.

If there are no available trainees in the job role or location you require please contact the Trainee Finder team.

You will agree training placement dates with each trainee as well as confirming the trainee’s job role and how much they will be paid (see below for the parameters of acceptable pay for a trainee on Trainee Finder).

Once these factors are agreed, get back in touch with the Trainee Finder team and we issue a contract confirming the above which all three of us sign.

The appointed supervisor and the trainee will agree a training plan at the start of the placement benchmarking the trainees’ skills, and learning objectives. At the end of the placement the training plan will evidence how far the trainee has progressed. Subsequent placements for the trainee will build on these achievements.

Important points to note

To be able to eligible for Trainee Finder you must be willing to pay an admin charge for access to the scheme (see below*).

For enquiries about the admin charge please contact Arnie Voysey - arniev@creativeskillset.org

Productions can apply for funding to be used to match-fund Trainee Allowances.
• Trainees are to be selected from the Trainee Finder database. The scheme is closed for new trainees.
• The trainee is required to agree a training plan with you at the beginning of their placement, keep it updated regularly, and submit to you a completed training plan signed by the mentor/supervisor at the end of the placement.
• The trainee is also to complete timesheets each week for the production/account office.

• Trainees are considered to be on a Training Agreement rather than an employment contract and therefore the Training Allowance must be paid via a bursary/direct bank transfer.
• We cannot match-fund any Training Allowance paid PAYE or via payroll.
• Trainees under a Training Agreement do not incur tax, so bursary payments are exempt from tax and NI for both trainee and production.

• The minimum Training Allowance payment is to be no less than £320 per week and no more than £450 per week.
• We can match fund training up to a maximum of 60 hours per week. Any hours the trainee is expected to work over 60 hours per week should be covered by a separate agreement made directly between the production and the trainee.

Here’s an easy step-by-step guide:-

*The 10% admin charge contributes towards the running of the Trainee Finder scheme. Film, high-end TV, children’s TV and animation productions all support the scheme by virtue of having contributed to the relevant skills levy.

The charge is liable on the final amount you claim from Trainee Finder, so the maximum admin charge you could pay would be £1,000.

The admin charge is a separate transaction and cannot be deducted from the grant amount awarded. Please note that this must be paid before any funding can be released.

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