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Return to Work

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Film London’s Return to Work scheme offers training and paid placements for parents returning to work in the TV industry

Funded and supported by HETV Fund at Creative Skillset, this new scheme tackles the barriers that exist for highly skilled professionals wanting to return to work after a parental career break.

We are aiming to help parents back into the TV industry with 'returnships', which will incorporate retraining workshops, mentoring, and a paid work placement.

Five selected candidates will have the opportunity to undertake a one-month paid returnship at companies including Carnival, Tiger Aspect, Cuba Pictures, Twickenham Studios, Objective Media Group and Molinare.

The returnees will be contracted to Film London as freelancers and work on the premises of the selected company.

We are looking for parents who have had a career break due to childcare responsibilities but who are now ready to return to work. We welcome applications from those currently under-represented in the industry, including women, black, Asian and minority ethnic, and disabled people.

The scheme will take place from April to June 2017. Placement timings will be agreed on an individual basis depending on availability of candidates and companies throughout this period.


Each selected candidate will

  • Be sub-contracted to Film London and paid £200 per day as a freelancer to undertake their four-week work placement
  • Receive a contribution towards childcare costs throughout the returnship
  • Receive support for travel costs for the returnships and training
  • Participate in a training day and exit session
  • Become part of the Film London network with ongoing support

In addition, we can offer candidates living outside of Greater London area a contribution towards accommodation costs for attending the training and throughout the placement.

Essential experience and personal qualities

  • Minimum of five years experience in the TV and/or film industry prior to an extensive career break
  • Excellent understanding and knowledge of TV
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrable ability to prioritise workload, manage time and work to deadlines
  • Team player

Returnships would suit people who have experience in one of these areas:

  • Business Affairs
  • Data Ops
  • Development Executive
  • Development Coordinator
  • Dialogue tracking
  • Marketing
  • Paralegal
  • Post coordinator
  • Post supervisor
  • Production coordinator
  • Production coordinator with experience of crewing up
  • Production Manager
  • Production Secretary
  • Sales
  • Script editing
  • VFX

In addition to the returnships, candidates are required to attend a training day which covers CV writing, the digital landscape, creative tax incentives for High-End TV, and green initiatives. Following the end of the returnships, candidates will be offered a follow up session with Film London to discuss further work opportunities.

Applications for Return to Work are now closed.

It is the policy of Film London to promote and integrate equality of opportunity into all aspects of its business, including its appointment of staff and funding schemes. We wish to ensure that Film London reflects the diversity of the communities in which it works. We welcome applications from groups currently under-represented in the screen industries including women, black, Asian and minority ethnic, and disabled people.


Thanks to Bank Leumi (UK) plc for hosting the Return to Work re-training day