Following three previous Production Development Trainee Schemes, Wall to Wall Media and Rope Ladder Fiction in association with HOME and Screen Manchester are launching the next 6 month paid programme, which will start in April.

The initiative provides on the job training in junior roles for the next generation of talent for the scripted broadcast drama sector through hands-on experience on Waterloo Road.

Rope Ladder Fiction’s founder Cameron Roach said: “We’re thrilled to be announcing a third cohort of our trainee scheme, in partnership with Screen Manchester. The previous cohort of trainees have all gone on to secure freelance work within the sector, and it’s brilliant to see their individual careers flourish. The BBC’s continued investment in Waterloo Road, here in Greater Manchester, is genuinely ensuring that a sustainable pipeline of emerging screen talent is secure.”

Dina Slater, People Partner at Warner Brothers Discovery adds: “By providing ongoing training opportunities and mentoring through our structured programme, we’re supporting people from all walks of life to pursue their passion in this fast-moving and ever-changing industry. We know just how important this is in creating a more inclusive industry, bringing fresh perspectives and talent to the table! We want to provide an entry point for new and emerging talent with diverse experiences and backgrounds into the television landscape, knowing how this brings continued relevance, creativity and vibrancy to all we do.”

Elli Metcalfe, Screen Manchester’s Crew and Facilities Manager says “It has been wonderful to meet and then watch the progress of all our trainees who are thriving and already finding their way into the industry across a range of departments. Our aim is to supply the talent pipeline in the North and keep it flowing in a positive direction. Waterloo Road is helping us to achieve precisely that and we are so grateful to the team there for their unbridled access and support.”

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Deadline for application is 5.00pm on Friday 23rd February 2024

Jon Creamer

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