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2019 Pact Indie Diversity Training Scheme for Scotland underway

The second edition of our successful training scheme in Scotland has kicked off, with eight young people from diverse backgrounds undertaking six-month paid work placements with Scottish indies.

The companies involved in this year's scheme are: Raise the Roof, STV, Caledonia TV, Bees Nees Media, IWC, Tinopolis, Lion (all3media) and Firecrest. Trainees began their placements on Wednesday 5th June.

I hope to gain a thorough understanding of how ideas are transformed into productions, a range of practical skills and a clear idea of my own strengths within the field; ultimately providing a solid platform from which I can carve out my own path in television. - Haider Shybani, trainee, Caledonia TV

We would like to thank Creative Scotland for supporting this year’s Scottish Scheme with additional funding, which has allowed smaller independent production companies to take part, and to help nurture a diverse pool of talent in Scottish TV production.

We’re delighted to be a part of the Pact ITDS scheme. It’s a really exciting time for the industry in Scotland and this initiative is a key step in boosting the diverse talent poll here. - Nicole Kleeman, Managing Director, FirecrestFilms

Two of our trainees share why they applied for the scheme and what they hope to get from it in this short video by Creative Scotland:

More about the Pact Indie Diversity Training Scheme
Our six-month initiative brings new talent into the industry, targeting trainees from diverse backgrounds currently under-represented in TV  (BAME, LGBT, women, people living with disability and people from lower socio-economic groups). It provides them with their first paid opportunity in the TV industry, as well as training and mentorship to help ensure they can sustain a career in the industry well beyond the Scheme.
The trainees on this year’s Scottish Scheme will gain invaluable experience in:

- assisting with kit on location
- researching information to support the creative process
- helping production teams as an office-based Runner
- logging material for editing
- looking after talent
In addition, the trainees will receive:
- bespoke training covering essential skills including survival guides for researchers and freelancers, camera operation, casting and development
- a senior industry mentor at the production company where they are placed
- peer-to-peer networking opportunities with the other participants on the Scheme
The aim is to ensure that all trainees gain a better understanding of how the TV industry works and what role they might want to pursue within it. By the end of their placements, they will have started to make meaningful industry connections, and have developed some of the skills needed to thrive in a professional environment.
The Indie Diversity Training Scheme was launched in Scotland in 2017, but the programme has been Pact's flagship new talent initiative across the UK since 2013.  To date, we have supported 80 promising individuals, helping them to take first steps in the TV industry.

Alumni from the 2017 Scottish Indie Diversity Training Scheme
One year after completing the 2017 Scottish Scheme, four of the six Scottish trainees were still working in the independent production sector, the fifth was working as a Production Trainee with the BBC, and the sixth was working in cinema exhibition.
Our alumni have gone on to work with a range of indies on programmes including Antiques Road Trip, Britain At Low Tide, The World's Wildest Weather, Emergency Helicopter Medics, and Coast vs Country.

For more information about Pact’s commitment to diversity, please contact Head of Diversity, Anjani Patel: anjani@pact.co.uk.