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Grierson DocLab Training Programme

Grierson DocLab is a training programme that helps UK-based new entrants aged 18-25 thrive in the world of factual TV and documentary filmmaking. It has been running since 2012 and, coupled with the Netflix-supported Grierson DocLab In Focus schemes, has now seen over 150 trainees go through the programme and enter the factual TV industry.

The initiative takes place over approximately one year and aims to equip 12 successful trainees with the skills, knowledge, confidence and connections to pursue a career in the UK factual TV industry.

Who Should Apply?

Grierson DocLab seeks young people who are passionate about factual television, from nature documentaries to reality TV; short-form content to feature docs and everything in between. Grierson DocLab is looking for applicants who have ideas about how they can contribute to the industry, and who can offer fresh perspectives that are not currently reflected on-screen or behind the scenes.

In addition to the creative team roles (editorial), Grierson DocLab welcomes applications from candidates who are strong communicators, who have excellent collaborative skills and are brilliant organisers who can multi-task; all key skills to work in factual production management. If you don’t know the difference between editorial and production, get up to speed with this careers map, or further useful information can be found on the Royal Television Society website.

The programme is open to any UK resident aged 18-25 and aims to help new entrants become job-ready and able to take up opportunities in the factual programme-making industry. Therefore, applicants may be in full-time education at the time of applying, but must be in their final year of studies to be eligible. Applicants will also not be eligible if they have undertaken an industry placement or work experience that lasted more than three months.

Grierson DocLab is aimed at helping those without connections get their first foothold on the factual TV and documentary industry career ladder. The Trust has an established track record of supporting under-represented groups in the factual TV industry. Grierson DocLab therefore particularly encourages applications from individuals from lower socio-economic backgrounds, people from ethnic minority backgrounds; disabled people and people from the LGBTQ+ community. Grierson DocLab also encourages candidates from geographical areas across the UK that do not have many opportunities in the screen industries to apply. This is not a definitive list and those applying will have the opportunity to make their case as to how they meet these criteria. This is in line with the positive action provision of the Equality Act 2010.

In return, this prestigious training initiative will give successful applicants the support to take that first step towards a rewarding career in factual programme-making.

Eligibility, Criteria and Schedule:
  • Grierson DocLab is a new entrant programme so no previous experience in the industry is required, you just need a passion for documentaries and/or factual television and a demonstrable desire to work in the sector
  • You do not need to have studied film or television in order to apply, nor do you need to have a FE/HE qualification
  • If you have more than three months’ experience in the industry, you are not eligible to apply
  • You must be aged between 18-25 at the time of applying
  • You must be a UK resident with the right to live and work in the UK
  • If you are at college or university, you must be in your final year of study
  • You must commit to the whole of the Grierson DocLab programme (see schedule below)
  • Online video call interviews – Tuesday, 18 April 2023
  • Second video call interviews – Wednesday, 19 April 2023
  • Six-day online training – Monday, 15 May – Saturday, 21 May 2023
  • Three-day in person training in England (location TBC) – Monday, 5 June – Thursday, 8 June 2023
  • Sheffield DocFest – 15 June – 18 June 2023
  • Grierson Awards – Thursday, 9 November 2023
  • Placement – to be arranged on an individual basis and to be completed by Easter 2024

Applications will close at 5pm on Friday, 24 February 2023.

To learn more and apply, please click here.

Status: Open

  • Training & education

Organisation: The Grierson Trust

Deadline: 24/02/2023

Location: United Kingdom


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