Stepping Up

Part of Bectu Vision



Are you interested working in the lighting department of Film & TV productions, finding out more about the River City and BECTU Vision traineeship, and other opportunities?  Join us for our information webinar on Thursday 28th April 2022 at 1900.


Darren Smith, Film & TV electrician – Darren will talk about his experience transferring his skills from being a domestic electrician into film and tv, what the role of an electrician on a set involves.

Stuart Guinea, Studio Manager BBC Studioworks – Stuart will talk about the expanding film & tv industry in Scotland and what upcoming opportunities there are for electricians.

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Electrician Conversion Programme 

BBC Studio’s River City and Bectu Vision are recruiting for a qualified electrician to work as an Electrician Conversion Trainee in the lighting department on the next series of River City.  The successful applicant will work at River City’s Dumbarton Studio within an experienced lighting department learning about the equipment and techniques used on productions and on-set practice. 

After 12 weeks working on a series of River City the trainee will spend 10 weeks with other productions filming in Scotland, allowing them to meet and work with other lighting teams. They will also spend time at Scotland’s largest lighting hire house Panalux, learning more about how they work alongside productions.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and qualified electrician who is wanting to transfer their skills, no previous film & tv experience is required. This is an opportunity to learn about working in the film & tv industry and so you will not be expected to be able to complete all of these duties in advance of applying for the role.

The Electrician Conversion Trainee role will include duties outlined below.

·      assemble the lighting and filter equipment needed
·      ensure all lighting equipment is in working order
·      liaise with the gaffer, best boy and other crew to interpret their creative vision into the lighting design
·      pre-rig the lighting and ensure all cables and wires are safely concealed
·      operate and maintain equipment during the shoot
·      change lighting between shots, as necessary
·      de-rig all equipment at the end of the production and ensure it is safely transported away from the location and/or stored
·      adhere to and understand risk assessments for health and safety purposes
·      work as part of a large crew, made up of many different departments

Due to the nature of the funding this opportunity is only open to people currently based in Scotland.

Deadline for applications is 0900, Monday 9th May 2022.

Interviews will be held online on Wednesday 18th May 2022.

Placement begins Monday 20th June 2022 (this date is flexible dependant on candidates availability)
Wage £600.00 per week 

Apply here

If you have any queries about the traineeship or would like to know more about working in the film & tv industry as an electrician and be connected with future opportunities please contact Amy Shaw: [email protected]

Script Supervisors

Script Supervisor Traineeships

We are now open for applications for our Script Supervisor Traineeships!

These six month placement based opportunities are designed to provide the skills, knowledge and confidence required to become one of Scotland’s Script Supervisors of the future.

During the placement the trainees will have the opportunity to shadow Script Supervisors on a variety of different scripted productions in Scotland to understand how the role varies depending on the size of a production.  They will shadow during prep, the shoot and also spend time in post-production to understand how the role works with the editing department.


Through a combination of shadowing Script Supervisors and short courses the successful candidates will:

  • learn about the role of Script Supervisor in prep including, how to read and time scripts and create script breakdowns
  • learn the skills required to be a Script Supervisor on set including continuity, eye lines, scene coverage and the relationship with all other on-set departments
  • learn about the workflow with post production including Editors notes and marked up scripts
  • learn the skills to communicate effectively as a script supervisor including how to interact with cast, directors, and producers
  • attend a 3 day NFTS Scotland Script Supervisor course
  • receive training in Script-E software

For further details and application information or If you have any queries about the programme please contact [email protected]


Please email [email protected] to be added to the wait list.


Production Skills

November 2021 – May 2022

If you are a Production Assistant, Production Secretary or Assistant Production Co-ordinator looking to step up to Co-ordinate, or if you are a Production Co-ordinator interested in developing your understanding of particular areas of production, these sessions are for you!

This training will take place online, on one Saturday morning per month, over the course of 7 months.

The sessions will cover:

  • Insurance
  • Arranging Tech Recces, Production Meetings and Read Throughs
  • Contracting Cast
  • Working With Children
  • Clearances
  • The Script & Amendments
  • Progress Reports & Script Timings

This training is also suitable for unscripted PM’s and PC’s looking to learn the paperwork and processes required for scripted production in order to help make the move across.


Please email [email protected] to be added to the wait list.

Script Editors

Script Editor Trainees 2021

Congratulations to our two Script Editor Trainees, Jamie Mackinlay and Ryan Stewart who are currently undertaking their 6 month placements with host companies STV and River City.

Script Editor Trainees 2020

Our 2020 Script Editor Trainees Marie Harrison and Amber Saunders have recently finished their placements and we are delighted they have secured ongoing contracts at their host companies River City and Synchronicity Films. Read about Amber’s trainee experience here.

Assistant Directors

Weekend Masterclass for Fabulous Floor Runners

In February 2020 we ran a 2-day interactive weekend masterclass for Floor Runners.  Led by experienced 2nd/3rd AD, Alex McKay, this in-depth training course was a step-by-step guide to floor running including guest speakers, problem-solving workshops with cast and learning the principles of setting background.

In addition to supporting new Floor Runners we also offered short courses to existing Assistant Director practitioners in January and February 2020:

Looking After Your Team (ADs)
Techniques to motivate, mentor and manage your AD team.

Practical Accredited (Children’s) Regulation Training
City & Guilds accredited 1-day training in the areas of care, excellence and regulatory compliance for everyone working with children in film and television.

Movie Magic Scheduling
2-day training course on the how and why of scheduling led by Brian Donovan

 Movie Magic Budgeting
3-day software training course led by Brian Donovan


NVQ Funding

We are currently supporting two Grips , based in Scotland to undertake their NVQ Grip Diploma in Professional Competence Level 2 qualification.

These qualifications have been  developed and informed by those working in the sector and although qualifications are not used as a license to practice, employers and practitioners support formal recognition of the demonstration of competence in the workplace in the interests of health and safety.

The purpose of these qualifications is to assess the competence and underpinning knowledge of individuals working in the role of Crane Technician, Grip or Advanced Grip.

The qualification is assessed in the workplace and recognises the learner’s ability to behave professionally, collaboratively and in line with industry standards.

If you are a grip and interested in finding out more about NVQ qualifiactions, please contact Amy Shaw [email protected].

Getting to grips

In May 2019 we held a one-day hands-on training course for new entrant Grip trainees hosted by two NVQ level 3 qualified Grips.  This training day gave the participants the opportunity to understand what equipment is used on set and how to handle it safely when working as part of the Grip department.

If you are interested in becoming a Grip Trainee in film and TV and other training opportunites contact Amy Shaw [email protected].


If you are an accountant, bookkeeper or just someone with a passion for numbers, contact Amy Shaw [email protected] to find out what it’s like to work within the Accounts Department on film and television drama productions in Scotland and opportunities to connect with the industry in Scotland.

Production Co-ordinating for Drama

In March 2019 we held a five-day course over five Saturdays in March. The training was designed to:

  • Assist co-ordinators experienced in factual, commercials and corporates make the move into drama.
  • Help assistant co-ordinators and production secretaries to progress to the next stage.

The course will covered the different aspects of the Production Co-ordinator role within drama production and participants will develop an understanding of the responsibilities involved, alongside practical skills.

Course content:

  • Introduction to the drama Production Office
  • Final Draft Screenwriting Software
  • Contracts, Agreements & Legal
  • Movie Magic for Scheduling
  • Paperwork, Reporting & Post Production
  • Understanding the Budget
  • Managing yourself & your team

This course is now complete but if you would like to find out more about becoming a Production Co-ordinator in drama please contact Amy Shaw [email protected].


In November 2018 we held a successful information event at the River City Studios for qualified electricians interested in transferring into film & tv drama where they found out more about the role through a set tour hosted by experience practitioners.

Following the event we selected 10 electricians to undertake the City & Guilds NA7909-3 Temporary Electrical Installations training course.

Participants also received a film & tv drama induction session to prepare them for working on-set and advise them on freelance working and attended a networking event to connect with freelancer Gaffers and Best-Boys in Scotland.

One electrician was selected as our Electrician Conversion Trainee and in 2019 worked for one 13-week block at River City and then 10 weeks working on freelance productions across Scotland.

If you are a qualified electrician interested in transferring your skills into Film & TV please contact Amy Shaw [email protected].

The above programmes are supported by Screen Scotland, the ScreenSkills High-end TV Skills Fund with contributions from UK high-end TV productions, Scottish Union Learning and BBC in partnership with Bectu.