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Jobs in the media making headlines for the West Midlands with launch of boot camp


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The region’s independent TV sector is calling on creative talent from across the West Midlands to join an innovative skills boot camp that has already proved itself to be a great way to kickstart a career in TV.

Applications are now open for the next TV Production Bootcamp, due to start next month, for local people who would like to start a new career as a TV researcher, production co-ordinator or runner.

Create Central members who work in the TV sector have helped shape the boot camp content and offer real-life work experience for existing gaps in their businesses, with a guaranteed job interview at the end.

Create Central and the WMCA teamed up with Solihull College & University Centre, which provides the skills training, to launch the boot camps earlier this year.

Aresa Foster, from Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, said: “I applied for the TV Bootcamp knowing that I wanted to pursue a career in TV production management. It was great hearing from so many industry professionals, gaining new knowledge and landing work opportunities within TV that I couldn’t have achieved without the boot camp.”

Production Manager Amy Panesar, based in Birmingham, contributed to the boot camp as a guest speaker, allowing her to connect with the trainees.

“The trainees got stuck into being on location and blended really well with the team. Taking on responsibilities, getting the site ready for filming and being part of a large team, they got to experience a busy rig with loads of departments coming together. I hope it gave them a positive taste of TV life!”

The boot camp consists of an intensive month-long programme followed by a real-to-life work placement in one of the region’s top TV companies for people who have the drive and commitment to work in the TV sector.

For more information about the boot camp and to apply to join, visit https://www.solihull.ac.uk/create-central-bootcamps/.  

The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday, 8 August 2021.


Written by: David Watkins

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