Stepping Up

Part of Bectu Vision

Script Editor Traineeship 2021/2022

We are now open for applications for our Script Editor Traineeship 2021/22.

We are recruiting two trainee script editors for a six month paid opportunity from September 2021 based at STV Studios in Glasgow and BBC Studios Dumbarton.

This traineeship is designed to provide the skills, knowledge and confidence to become one of Scotland’s script editors of the future.

Through a combination of employment with a production company and short courses the successful candidates will:

  • Learn about the role of script editor in development including conceptualizing an idea, and how to develop it
  • Learn about the role of practical script editing on a production including using Final Draft and producing amendments, ‘negative checking’, note giving and how to do it effectively
  • Learn the skills to communicate effectively as a script editor including how to work with writers and executives
  • Have one to one sessions with executives and participate in meetings with writers, directors and producers when appropriate
  • Receive training in Final Draft software

Candidates will have:

  • one years experience of Script reading or reporting and/or
  • two years professional experience working in film & television
  • an investment in living and working in Scotland and currently be based in Scotland
  • a passion, good knowledge and understanding of the television drama landscape in Scotland and the wider UK
  • an ability to generate original and creative ideas
  • a high level of organisational and communication skills
  • For an application pack or if you have any queries about the programme please contact

Deadline for applications 0900 – Monday 2nd August 2021

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

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


If you are an accountant, bookkeeper or just someone with a passion for numbers, contact Amy Shaw 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-Ordinators

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


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

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.