Magazine article Screen International

First FEDS Trainee Scheme Scores Strong Employment Record

Magazine article Screen International

First FEDS Trainee Scheme Scores Strong Employment Record

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A new UK scheme to develop the next generation of exhibitors, distributors and international sales professionals has ended its first cycle with more than half of the 15 trainees already securing further work in the film industry.

The FEDS (Film Exhibition, Distribution and Sales) Trainee Scheme was funded by Creative Skillset and run by the Independent Cinema Office, in partnership with the Film Distributors' Association, Film Export UK and with the support of the BFI.

The scheme prioritised candidates from underrepresented groups in the film industry, including people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds and a high proportion of women. A total of 370 applications were received from across the UK.

Over nine months, the trainees received on-the-job training at their host companies, and were paid the equivalent of London Living Wage, as well as taking part in intensive industry information sessions to enhance their knowledge and broaden their networks.

Many of the candidates, including trainees at Dogwoof, Altitude, Broadway Cinema in Nottingham, eOne and Verve Pictures, have been offered roles at their original host company.

Others have used their experience to move into new organisations in the industry.

The ICO is currently accepting expressions of interest from UK exhibition organisations interested in hosting a trainee next year, with placements scheduled to run from March - December 2016 (email training@independentcinemaoffice. …

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