Date: 10 December 2010
The Production Guild would like to thank the interview panel:
35 Candidates were selected for interview by the selection panel. Interviews were held from 10th - 14th January and the panel found the standard of the applicants to be outstanding.
The APATS VII selected trainees are:
Formal training commences on Monday 14th February, 2011 and the trainees will commence attachments to production on Monday 21st March, 2011.
The results of the selection panel are being analysed and applicants who have passed this process are being invited to interview during the week of 10th - 14th January. All successful applicants will be notified by Friday 7th January.
We have received 67 applications for the scheme and they have been sent to the selection panel. The selection panel for APATS VII is:
Applicants will be informed by 7th January, 2011 whether they have been selected for interview and interviews will take place from 10th - 14th January 2011.
The Production Guild of Great Britain is pleased to announce that applications are now welcome for the seventh Assistant Production Accountant Training Scheme.
Funded by the Skillset Film Skills Fund and the UK feature film industry, the Guild is looking for 6 trainees to undertake a ten month programme of short courses, attachments to features and television drama, mapped against the Skillset National Occupational Standards in Production Accounting.
So, if you have a real ambition to work in the challenging environment of production accounting at a junior level, have a burning interest in feature film and television drama production, and have previous experience of working in financial administration, you should consider applying for this scheme.
Commended by the Department for Education & Skills and the Skillset Film Skills Strategy as a best-practice training scheme, the Assistant Production Accountant Training Scheme has trained 36 new entrants to enter UK feature film production over the past nine years.
Fran Triefus, PG Training and Development Officer said, "The Assistant Production Accountant Training Scheme is recognised by the UK industry and many of the US Majors as being one of the most effective routes for new entrants to kick-start their freelance careers in the Production Accounting Department.
Over the past nine years, we have trained people from differing backgrounds, work experience and qualifications and they have proven the quality of the programme by working consistently post-graduation. The trainees are the first to recognise that they could not have achieved this without the unparalleled support of Guild Accountants and their Assistants."
Kevin Trehy Vice President Physical Production of Warner Bros Productions Ltd and Chair of The Production Guild said, "The Production Guild APATS scheme has been held up in many industry quarters as the exemplary model of how practical training for applicants seeking film industry employment should work. It is one of the few schemes that succeeds not only in successfully educating and integrating its trainees into a real film making environment but also has an enviable resulting through put of its graduates into employment."
Neil Peplow, Director of Film at Skillset, said, "Supporting New Entrants to the film industry is one of the five major priorities of the UK Film Skills Strategy, A Bigger Future 2 to make sure that we can effectively support the levels of domestic and inward investment production with UK crews. Skillset's research has highlighted a continuing lack of sufficient Production Accountants in the UK. The Production Guild's APATS scheme provides a rigorously high-quality training solution to this help fill this important skills gap." To visit the Bigger Future 2 webpage, please visit http://www.abiggerfuture2.co.uk/
Last year's graduates from the scheme worked on productions as diverse as HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, NEVER LET ME GO, CLASH OF THE TITANS, NOWHERE BOY, NANNY MCPHEE AND THE BIG BANG, EMMA, INCEPTION, PATAGONIA, CEMETARY JUNCTION, STREET DANCE, 4321, JOHN CARTER OF MARS, THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP.
Successful candidates will receive a tax-free training allowance of £300 per week and financial support will be available to assist with travel, child or dependent care costs.
The application pack for this year's recruitment is available below.
Applicants should complete the Application Form and Diversity Monitoring Form (both linked to below) and ensure that both completed documents are returned to the Production Guild by the closing date of Friday, 10th December, 2010.
For more information, please e-mail Fran Triefus at Fran@ProductionGuild.com.
Please click here to download the full National Occupational Standards in Production Accounting.
“The course was a fantastic opportunity to get into accounts within the film and TV industry. It gave me invaluable on the job training and put me in the right circle of Accountants. I made many contacts through the course and without doing it, I would not be where I am today.
Apats IV Graduate”
“The APATS scheme has opened a whole new world, one which I may never have dreamt of working in without the opportunity that this scheme offers.
Apats V Graduate”
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