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FT2 Toast Twenty-One Years of Outstanding Contributions to Film and TV Training

Board members, ex-graduates, tutors and sponsors were all in attendance this month to celebrate twenty-one unique and successful years of Film and Television Freelance Training (FT2).

The event took place on the 14 March at the Hop Cellars near London Bridge. FT2 is widely recognised as one of the best training initiative for people who wish to become freelance assistants in the construction, production and technical areas of the film and television industry. Lucy Bristow was in the first round of graduates in 1986, she said: “I didn”t know anyone in film or TV so there is no way I would have been able to get started as a camera operator if it wasn”t for FT2.”

Dedicated to Training

FT2 is funded by the film and TV industries through Skillset Investment Funds, Channel 4 and the European Social Fund. The organisation is dedicated to training those with talent, enthusiasm and commitment to developing a career within the British film and television industry. Their comprehensive training programme allows students access to productions and apprenticeship-style working and also gives them the opportunity to build up contacts that are so important in the film and television industry.

Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU), the independent union for those working in broadcasting, film, theatre, entertainment, leisure and interactive media, are one of the founding members of FT2. They willingly work with FT2 partners to ensure that its unique contribution continues to grow year by year.

Knowledge of Graduates

Assistant General Secretary of FT2 Martin Spence commented: “It is the knowledge and insight coupled with a commitment to equality and diversity that distinguish FT2 from other training providers.”

The FT2 training schemes has seen almost 300 people graduate from courses such as: New entrant technical training programme, Setcrafts apprenticeship training scheme, Independent companies researcher training scheme and Freelance Skillset qualification assessment service. They recruit for trainees annually, opening recruitment in February and setting a closing date of the 1st April and depending on funding available, there are around 15 students accepted into the schemes every year.

Maria Vitale

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