Factory Futures: Broadcast & Film Production

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The Factory Academy has just launched Factory Futures: Broadcast & Film Production, a new training programme dedicated to helping young people to gain skills and experience in broadcast, digital, and film and TV production.  

If you’re a Greater Manchester resident aged 19-24 with an interest in starting a new career, you can register now for this free programme– particularly if you’ve had fewer opportunities to get started in the creative industries and/or you’re from a background that’s currently underrepresented in the sector. No previous experience is required: the programme is open to all. 

For more details and to register, read on 


What is the Broadcast & Film Production programme? 

Factory Futures: Broadcast & Film Production is an extensive free training programme designed to help you develop essential skills and real-world knowledge in developing media, productionfilming, editing and visual effects (VFX) for film, TV, digital and other creative industries. 

Ten participants in the programme will gain invaluable experience at a leading production company or studio, building a new network of peers and professional contacts. There are no fees to pay for any part of the programme, and we’ll fully cover your expenses. 


What does the programme involve? 

The programme begins with a two-week Factory Futures Training Academy (February/March 2021)which will introduce you to broadcast, digital and film production.  

Following the Training Academy, 10 participants will be selected for an eight-week Factory Futures Traineeship (April-May 2021), which will include a bespoke five-week placement with one of 10 leading production companies and studios in Greater Manchester. 

Those who complete the Training Academy will then be offered the opportunity to work on set during this summer’s Manchester International Festival (1–18 July 2021). 


What is The Factory Academy? 

The Factory Academy was launched in 2018 by Manchester International Festival (MIF) to deliver training for people looking to start new careers in the cultural and creative industries. Factory Futures is The Factory Academy’s new series of entry-level training programmes for people from all backgrounds – and the Broadcast & Film Production programme is a kepart of this series. 

The Factory Academy will eventually be based at The Factory, a world-class cultural space currently under construction in the heart of Manchester where the art of the future will be made – read more here. 


Who can take part? 

The programme is open to anyone aged 19-24 and resident in Greater Manchester. You must have an interest in working behind the scenes in the creative industries, but you don’t need to have any experience in this area – the scheme is open to all.  

Were particularly interested in hearing from individuals from backgrounds or social groups that are currently underrepresented in the creative industries – including those from within South Asian communities (particularly Bangladeshi, Indian and Pakistani), African and Caribbean communities, and the Deaf/Disabled communities, as well as individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. 

All participants must be able to commit to eight weeks of full-time study. 


Will I gain any qualifications? 

All those who complete the Training Academy will receive a BTEC Level 1 or 2 Award in WorkSkills, while those who complete the Traineeship will receive a BTEC Level 1 Introductory Award in Digital Media. 


Will I be compensated for my time? 

All participants will receive bursaries to cover travel and lunch expenses. 


How can I take part? 

Registrations for the Factory Futures: Broadcast & Film Production training programme are open now! So if you are… 

  • Aged 19–24 
  • Living in Greater Manchester 
  • Passionate about film/TV, music, art and/or theatre 
  • Motivated to learn new skills 
  • Respectful of people from all backgrounds 

… We want to meet you! Head here to complete your registration by Wednesday 10 March 2021. 

Please note: the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown may mean that some parts of the programme may need to be delivered digitally rather than in person. Please be assured that all parts of the programme will be delivered in line with government guidelines.  

The Factory Academy is part of The Factory, a world-class cultural space currently under construction in the heart of the city. A place to create, invent and play, The Factory is where the art of the future will be made. Read more here.

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