Bectu Cymru launches Mentoring 4 Screen

14 September 2020

Bectu Cymru is recruiting mentors and mentees to take part in an exciting new programme aimed at creatives working in craft, technical and production roles in Wales’ TV and Film industry.

“We are delighted to be working with ScreenSkills on our new ‘Mentoring 4 Screen’ programme” stated Siân Gale, Bectu Cymru’s skills and development manager. “Many of our members, who work behind the scenes in the Screen Sector, are mainly casual/freelance workers and often miss out on valuable opportunities to participate in a mentoring relationship with more experienced colleagues who can support them to develop and progress in what can be a rewarding but precarious industry to work in”.

Those who are at the pinnacle of their careers are keen to be involved in the programme too:

“I was incredibly fortunate to have the support of a mentor during my career and feel very passionate about the opportunities mentoring and training can provide in helping to inspire the emerging creative talent in Wales” says Dylan Richards a Multi-Award winning Documentary and Drama Director who is currently a mentor with Screen Skills.

Around 600 mentoring opportunities are available as a result of ScreenSkills partnering with 15 organisations across the UK. Bectu Cymru will play a key role in delivering the programme in Wales.

Jane Saunders, ScreenSkills mentoring manager said: “ScreenSkills is very pleased to be working with all organisations to support and promote mentoring across the UK screen industry. Mentoring benefits mentees, mentors and the industry as a whole, making it more relevant, representative and robust. Together with these and other partner organisations, mentoring can and will make a difference.”

For information about being a mentor or being mentored join one of our introductory sessions to be held on Tuesday 15th September 7-8pm (mentees) or Thursday 17th September 7-8pm (mentors):

Bectu’s ‘Mentoring 4 Screen’ programme is supported by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK’s screen industries, using National Lottery funds awarded by the BFI as part of the Future Film Skills programme. Funding in kind is provided through the Welsh Government’s Wales Union Learning Fund.

You can also contact the following:

Ann Wynn Roberts (re. the mentor role):                   [email protected]

Ceri Hughes (on receiving mentoring)                        [email protected]

Bectu is also encouraging organisations and freelancers to find out if they are eligible for the Welsh Cultural Recovery Fund.

The Welsh government said about the fund:

Rydym wedi bod yn gweithio gyda nifer o bartneriaid ar ddylunio’r broses ymgeisio ar gyfer y gronfa i weithwyr llawrydd, ac wedi cadarnhau mai awdurdodau lleol fydd y partneriaid allweddol sy’n cyflawni hyn.  Rydym am i gynifer o’r gymuned gweithwyr llawrydd i fod yn ymwybodol o’r gronfa hon a chael amser i wneud cais. O ganlyniad i hyn, bydd ceisiadau’n mynd yn fyw ddydd Llun 5 Hydref. Darperir canllawiau ar sut i wneud cais cyn y dyddiad hwn, a byddwn yn disgwyl gwneud penderfyniadau ariannu drwy fis Hydref yn unol â’r cyllid drwy Gyngor Celfyddydau Cymru a chymorth i sefydliadau drwy Lywodraeth Cymru.

“We have been working with a number of partners on the design of the application process for the freelancer fund, and have confirmed that local authorities will be the key delivery partners.  We want as many of the freelancer community to be aware of and have the time to apply for this fund, with this in mind applications will go live on Monday 5th October. Guidance on how to apply will be provided before this date, and we expect to be making funding decisions through October in line with the funding via the Arts Council of Wales and support for organisations via Welsh Government.”

The Cultural Recovery Fund – Organisations

Opening 16th September and closing on 2nd October. This includes a small fund aimed at supporting Local Authorities maintain their museum, libraries and archives.

Cultural Recovery Fund – Freelancers

Fund checker currently online. Opening for applications on Oct 5th. This will be delivered in two phases to ensure that it is an inclusive programme and will give time for all to apply.

This is a fund for freelancers working across the creative sector.

Bectu will be running a Q&A session for Bectu members living in Wales on Tuesday 22nd. October from 7-8 pm and an email about the session will be sent to members shortly.