What would you say to someone considering the Skills Bootcamp?

If there’s anyone I know who is interested in working in a career of Film/TV I would recommend the Skills Bootcamp.

How was our experience of accessing Skills Bootcamp careers support?

GradCore helped with helped with CV structuring and vital information for self-employment.
Create Central sends communication for work and training opportunities, one of which I am benefitting from the ScreenSkills Trainee Finder Programme specialising as costume trainee.
Bootcamp staff provided references for my applications.

What are some of the best things about your Skills Bootcamp experience or your biggest achievements?

I felt like I had achieved…
A great understanding of what the screen industries is.
I had the oppotunity to utilise my skills as a costume assistant.
Work with a professional TV production.
Establishing a good CV and how to be your own boss.

Please provide details of any employers in the relevant field who have invited you for an interview after completing the Skills Bootcamp.

BBC Father Brown / Sister Boniface Junior Costume Assistant.

Tell us about yourself and your journey to studying a Skills Bootcamp.

When I joined the bootcamp I was introduced to the screen industries, it’s workings and the various roles involved. I and others were given a chance to make our own short film where we were assigned to a specific role to our interest. As someone who is interested in fashion I chose to be assigned to the roles of wardrobe and makeup. I was tasked with finding costumes and doing VFX makeup for the actors. Our short film was screened at the Mockingbird Cinema as part of our end of the Bootcamp celebration.

As part of the Bootcamp training, I was sent on a one week shadowing opportunity with the BBC Drama Village where they filmed “DOCTORS”. I was shadowed on the various roles such as Production Office, Costume, Hair and Makeup and Runner. The experience was very enjoyable and instructive.

Overall I had enjoyed my experience and it was eye opening for me to understand what the screen industry is, how it operates and the opportunities that may be available for me.

Why did you choose to study a Skills Bootcamp at the University of Birmingham?

After my graduation and return to my home town of Birmingham, I was looking to apply and expand my skills as a fashion graduate and gain experience following my period of study during the pandemic years. Birmingham city was in the process of developing it’s creative screen industries where I saw opportunities in the work of costume and wardrobe. The Bootcamp offered an intensive and practical introduction to, and a bridge for opportunities in various roles including costume where I can utilise existing skills and develop new ones.