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The Sara Putt Associates Trainee Scheme is a professional development programme designed to support trainees working behind the camera in High End TV drama and film. Over ten online workshops you will receive a range of professional training and support that will help you successfully manage a freelance career. Sessions include:

  • CV and cover letter writing
  • Interview skills
  • Career planning and strategy
  • Negotiation skills
  • Managing your finances as a freelancer
  • Networking skills

You are eligible for this scheme if you are a UK resident and currently have two professional credits but less than three years’ cumulative experience in your chosen department: Camera, Sound, Edit, Production Office, Art, Costume, AD, Script Supervisor, Locations, Hair & MakeUp. This year we have also expanded the scheme to support those who have specialist training and HETV/film credits in the Sustainability, Wellbeing, Access or Intimacy Coordinator departments. You are ineligible if you will be in education when the scheme starts.

    You need to be:
  • In need of advice on how to build a sustainable freelance career
  • Confident in your technical skills but unsure how to sell yourself
  • Keen to build a peer group network
  • Able to invest time in putting what you learn into practice
  • Willing to be proactive and create your own opportunities
  • Excited to learn how you can become an #AgentForChange and help make the industry more equitable

The Sara Putt Associates Trainee Scheme 2025 is OPEN for applications. The deadline for applications is MIDNIGHT on Sunday 26th January 2025.

If you haven’t heard from us by the 31st March 2025 you application has been unsuccessful. Due to the number of applications we receive it is not possible for us to give feedback on individual applications.

The scheme runs over 10 Saturdays from April – December 2025 and the sessions are delivered over Zoom.

N.B. You must be able to attend the mandatory Induction Day on Saturday 20th April, 2025. Cost: £150 (incl. VAT).

We are committed to improving diversity behind the camera and encourage applications from people from underrepresented backgrounds

Trainee scheme application form