Sara Putt Associates Trainee Scheme

Sara Putt Associates Trainees 2016

The Sara Putt Associates Trainee Scheme is a professional development and mentoring programme for new entrants to the film and TV industry that will run from Summer 2017.

If you are motivated, ambitious and willing to invest in your future career in film and/or television, this scheme can help you successfully manage the business side of a freelance career.

Over the course of ten one day workshops (June 2017 - January 2018), you you will learn how to:

  • Network effectively and build long-lasting relationships with colleagues and potential employers
  • Plan your career strategy, and negotiate a fair rate for your work
  • Write an industry standard CV and compelling cover letter
  • Present yourself professionally in formal and informal interview situations
  • Communicate assertively and increase your personal impact
  • Manage your cash flow, keep your accounts in order and manage your personal finances as a freelancer
  • Understand how you can contribute to a more diverse, fair and sustainable industry
  • Manage your time and reduce your stress
  • Optional extra workshops include (for an extra cost) TBC:
    • First Aid at Work
    • Safe Manual Handling

You will also benefit from three 1-2-1 mentoring sessions with one of our agents, a profile on our website and access to our production lists, which will help you secure work on high end TV dramas and feature films.

Whilst we cannot guarantee work, previous trainees have worked on TV productions such Babs, Guerrilla, Strictly Come Dancing, Ripper Street, Last Tango in Halifax, Game of Thrones and feature films such as Wonder Woman, Blue Iguana, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Star Wars and Justice League.

At the end of the scheme trainees are invited to apply to join the Sara Putt Associates Diary Service.


You are eligible for this scheme if you have at least two professional credits but less than three years’ cumulative experience in your chosen department. Please note that student productions do not count as professional credits. (If you don't yet have any professional experience, you can find some advice on how to start here.)

We would like to hear from you if you are currently working as a Trainee in the following departments:

Sara Putt Associates pride ourselves in ensuring equality of opportunity for all job applicants and staff regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality or ethnic or national origins, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation (“protected characteristics”). We are committed to promoting equal opportunities in employment and we welcome diversity in our workforce and therefore encourage anyone interested in the trainee scheme to apply, regardless of any protected characteristics.


"Before the scheme I was lacking in confidence, and worried about putting myself out there. Since the scheme, and meeting all the other amazing trainees, I’ve grown so much in confidence - discussing my work, networking, negotiating rates - everything." - Olivia Young, Art Department

"The trainee scheme has provided me with the skills to know how to promote myself correctly and prepared me for the world of freelancing. I’ve met some great friends on the scheme in many different fields of the industry, and it made me respect the efforts of all the different departments so much more. The scheme gives you opportunities to collaborate, learn and meet so many new people, I would thoroughly recommend it." Trainee, Edit Department

"I found it hard to move from no/low-paid work into more professional paid work. I felt a bit stuck in the same circles, but the scheme helped me to break out of that." - Femke Cole, Camera Department

"The scheme has made me realise that it’s not just knowing HoDs that will help you progress your career, it’s really important, if not more important to have a support network of fellow trainees. I feel a lot more assured when going for interviews and looking for work now I’ve completed the scheme, as I feel like a more well-rounded and importantly, a professional freelancer now." - Cherie Saunders, Art Department

The Small Print

  1. Applicants must be UK residents.
  2. The scheme is not designed to:
    • provide on-the-job skills training in camera, sound, editing, production or the art department
    • provide placements, apprenticeships or work experience
  3. Trainees must be willing to travel to Shepperton Studios for interview. If this causes you difficulty, please contact us and we will do our best to assist.
  4. Workshops will be held in a central London location.
  5. The closing date is midnight Monday 17th April 2017. Applications received after this date will NOT be considered.
  6. If you haven't been contacted by Friday 16th June 2017 you have not been short-listed.
  7. Due to the high number of applications we receive it is not possible to give individual feedback on unsuccessful applications.
  8. Successful candidates will be required to pay a nominal fee of £150 + VAT for the scheme.
  9. Whilst every effort will be made to help you find suitable jobs, there is no guarantee that trainees will be able to find work during the scheme and Sara Putt Associates cannot guarantee to get you work.
  10. Successful applicants agree to participate in any relevant publicity.

Workshop Dates in (TBC)

  • Saturday 24th June (Induction Day) & Sunday 25th June
  • Saturday 15th July
  • Saturday 19th August
  • Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th September
  • Saturday 14th October
  • Saturday 18th November
  • Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th December

Ready to Apply?

Please fill in the application form

Deadline: MIDNIGHT Monday 17th April 2017

Any Questions?

Please contact:

Nicola Lees - Trainee Scheme Producer

Tel: +44 (0)1932 571044