Mentoring

 

LAST CALL OUT FOR MENTEES

This is your last chance to join the highly successful  Mentoring 4 Screen, Bectu and Screenskills scheme in Wales.

25 successful applicants will have access to free mentoring from an experienced mentor in their field of work in film and television scripted and unscripted in Wales.

To be considered as one of the mentees on the programme you must first read the information below and submit an Application Form as soon as possible. We wish you luck!

We currently have experienced mentors ready to mentor those  working in the fields listed below. If you work in any of these departments, why not apply now!  We are also keen to hear from those who live in North Wales and Mid Wales.

Scripted
Costume
Costume Maker
Art Department
Post Production / Editing
Production Accountant

Unscripted
Camera – single and OB
Producer/Director Self-Shooter
Dir/Camera
Sound

VFX
VFX Specialist

Would you like to be mentored?

Are any of these you?

  • work behind the scenes in a production, craft, technical or post-production role
  • have at least 2 screen credits and want more regular paid work to sustain a career in the screen sector
  • currently returning to work after a period of absence (due to health, disability, maternity, caring responsibilities etc)
  • are from a group under-represented in the sector e.g. ethnic minority, disabled.

(Read on for full eligibility criteria)

If one (or more) of these apply to you then you can apply for 6 free monthly mentoring sessions between June/July and January 2023 under our third mentoring programme – Mentoring 4 Screen. 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:

“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 

It’s been really great having a mentor to 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 Gosney 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 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.

This could be you so read on and apply! We’ve been really excited by the feedback from the first cohort on this programme.

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.  

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. 

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 in under-represented groups in the screen industry in Wales – women, people from the BAME, disabled and LGBTQ+ communities and those from a disadvantaged 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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Want to be a Mentor? 

Mentors

If you would like to become a mentor on the programme please fill in the application form for Mentors,  we are specifically seeking mentors in the fields listed below:

Scripted

Director of Photography
Locations