Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Recruitment drive launches to boost diversity in Yorkshire’s TV & film sector

A recruitment drive has launched with the aim of boosting diversity in Yorkshire’s booming TV and film sector.

The ‘Beyond Brontés’ training programme was originally launched by Screen Yorkshire back in 2019 with the aim of increasing access to film and TV jobs for young people from under-represented backgrounds.

In the first two years, alumni have gone on to work on high-profile projects including Gentleman Jack, Anne Boleyn, Coronation Street, Channel 4’s Dispatches and First Dates.

Beyond Brontës is now welcoming applications for its third cohort.

The programme is open to anybody between the ages of 18 and 24, with a passion for film and TV, living in Leeds City Region, which includes locations such as Bradford, Wakefield, York and Barnsley.

A particular focus is people of Black, Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds, but Screen Yorkshire is also keen to hear from individuals who have disability status or identify as LGBTQ+, and those who may have been prevented from accessing training and work experience due to socio-economic challenges.

Successful applicants will receive a bespoke training package designed to inform them about working in the screen industries and prepare them for entering the job market.

The training covers a wide range of industry roles: from development to post-production, craft and technical roles such as costume and lighting, as well as roles at broadcasters and within independent production companies.

Screen Yorkshire is working in partnership with the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council to deliver Beyond Brontës with the support of Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (the LEP).

The programme’s Leeds City Region recruitment area encompasses: Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield, York, Kirklees, Calderdale, Selby, Craven, Harrogate and Barnsley.

The deadline for applications is Friday 7th May 2021.

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