Mentoring 4 Screen

Mentoring 4 Screen

Applications for this programme have now closed.

“Really enjoying the sessions, the mentoring has really helped me focus. It’s made me a lot more motivated to think about how to improve my craft skills.
Dan Rees, 2nd assistant editor

What is M4S about?

You’re eligible if:

  • You’re a member of Bectu or you’re willing to join – and you live in Wales

And one or more of these:

  • You have several years’ experience of working in screen but want to progress
  • You’re returning to screen work after a period of absence
  • You have undertaken paid work in the sector
  • You’ve got at least 2 paid screen credits
  • You have a skill that could transfer from theatre/live events to screen
  • You’re from an under-represented group in screen in Wales e.g. ethnic minority, disabled person..

If one (or more) of these apply to you then you can apply for 6 free monthly mentoring sessions between July/September and January 2022 under our second mentoring  programme for new cohort of mentees. The programme is led by Bectu Cymru and supported by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK’s screen industries, using National Lottery funds awarded by the BFI as part of the Future Film Skills programme.

Here’s more of what mentees on our current programme are saying:

It’s been really great having my mentor Lauren help me find my way in the TV and Film Industry and create some brilliant contacts. She’s been a fantastic sounding board for me if I had any questions or worries and has also connected me to other industry professionals”
Cara Hood, Electrician/ Lighting Programmer

“The mentoring arranged by BECTU was such a great opportunity for me and it came at the most perfect time! My mentor Hannah was so great on so many levels and filled me mostly with confidence that I lacked after taking a 3 year career break. Each session was tailored to what I needed and the advice Hannah gave really changed me on a professional and personal level.

 I have been able to overcome some barriers at work and was successfully selected for a BBC training scheme and I feel Hannah did a lot to help me get to that level where I could go for things that I would have previously hesitated over or avoided altogether!

 Thank you BECTU for such a wonderful scheme and I hope it carries on every year and helps others who are starting out in the sector.
Yeota Imam-Rashid, Assistant Producer

 

This could be you so read on and apply! 

Mentoring is a partnership where a more experienced mentor shares their knowledge and expertise with you. As a mentee you’ll be encouraged, challenged and supported by your mentor to learn and progress.  

These are some of the areas where we have experienced mentors (scripted & non scripted) but if you work in a different area we’ll aim to find you a suitable mentor:

Production department
Finance
Camera
Sound
Post Production
Script editor
Hair and make-up
Costume
Art Department
Lighting

We’ll match successful applicants with mentors who are established and currently working in the industry in the mentee’s field or in the field in which the mentee would like to work if possible. 

You can apply for this programme if:

  • You work in one of the categories / areas listed above or in another role in TV and film
  • You already live or work in Wales or you wish to work in Wales
  • You are freelance or employed by a small independent company
  • You want to progress your career in the screen industry in Wales
  • You have experience of some paid work in the sector (at least 2 credits)
  • You are returning to the screen industry after a break e.g. parental leave, long-term sickness or caring responsibilities
  • You are a member of the Bectu union (contact us if you’re considering joining)

We welcome applications from those of you from under-represented groups in the screen industry in Wales – women, people from the BAME, disabled and LGBTQ+ communities and those from a less privileged socio-economic background.

Becoming a mentee requires great commitment and hard work and you need to be proactive. Please read on before you decide whether to apply:

What is a mentee?

A mentee is someone who wants to focus on their personal and professional development. You will have goals and objectives you want to achieve and you want to overcome challenges. As a mentee you can expect support, encouragement, challenge, feedback and ideas from your mentor. You accept that your mentor will not have all the answers nor tell you what you should do.

Mentoring can:

  • Help boost your confidence and increase your self-awareness
  • Give you clarity and an opportunity to focus on your challenges, goals and career objectives
  • Provide a confidential, safe space to come up with ideas, to reflect, develop and progress
  • Give you the opportunity to learn from the mentor and their experience. 

To get the best from the mentoring partnership you will need to:

  • Be proactive and drive the mentoring process
  • Use your planning and organising skills
  • Understand your strengths and needs for your career – and be willing to share both with your mentor
  • Be clear about what you want to achieve
  • Be ready to receive feedback, be challenged and to use your creativity to generate ideas
  • Learn from your mentor’s experience
  • Commit to actions and review progress with your mentor

Terms and Conditions

Successful candidates for mentorship will:

  • under the guidance of the programme’s facilitator, register and create a ScreenSkills profile so that ScreenSkills can gather and monitor diversity information and track beneficiaries for 24 months. GDPR compliance applies. This is so we can evaluate the longer-term impact of the mentoring. The benefits of receiving mentoring often emerge further down the line.  
  • complete a Welsh Government Learner Form.
  • complete an evaluation form at the end of the process and will be invited to contribute their story as a case study.

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