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ScreenSkills launches Animation Trainee Finder to address skills shortages with new inclusive talent

Date Posted: September 6, 2021

ScreenSkills Animation Trainee Finder, an entry-level paid placement programme, is being launched by the ScreenSkills Animation Skills Council with the support of UK animation productions that have paid into the Animation Skills Fund.

Open to candidates who are 18+ with up to 12 months’ paid experience in animation, Animation Trainee Finder will provide 20 trainees with up to three placements on 2D, 3D and stop motion productions across the UK to gain a variety of experience over the course of a year.

Trainees will also receive an industry mentor, networking opportunities and insight into the industry through an intensive weekend bootcamp.

There will be a particular focus on roles identified as shortage areas – animator, storyboard artist, rigger and production coordinator – aimed at ensuring a continued supply of talent capable of making world-class creative animated content.

Applications will be particularly welcomed from Black, Asian or minority ethnic candidates because they are currently under-represented in the animation workforce.

This initiative will extend the Trainee Finder programme, which has run successfully for some years in high-end and children’s television and film, to animation. A previous version of Trainee Finder was delivered by Creative Skillset, the skills body that preceded ScreenSkills.


You must be able to clearly demonstrate a passion and commitment for a career in animation by providing evidence of one or more of the following:

  • working on previous productions including short films
  • looking for/finding work experience
  • role-specific skills

To find out more and to apply, click HERE.

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