WFTV is looking for seven mentees in Scotland to join the 2024 cohort of 41 WFTV mentees for next year’s scheme – 20 from England and 7 each from Northern Ireland and Wales – from all disciplines across the film, television and digital media industry. The scheme is designed for mid-career women working in film, television and the creative media who are looking to take that next big step in their career.
The scheme will run for six months starting in January 2024, during which time each of the participants are paired up with senior industry professionals for one-to-one mentoring alongside peer-to-peer training and bespoke career and personal development workshops.
WFTV CEO Katie Bailiff said: “The scheme is going from strength to strength and we’re delighted to be giving another cohort of mid-career women the network, tools and confidence to make the next step in their film and television careers.”
Former mentee success stories in Scotland include: Screenwriter, Jillian Mannion who was mentored by Writer, Sally Wainwright OBE (Gentleman Jack, Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax), Director, Robin Haig who has been mentored by Director, Douglas McKinnon (Good Omens, Line of Duty, Sherlock) and Producer and Presenter, Eunice Olumide who was mentored by Commissioning Editor at BBC Three, Nasfim Haque.
Heading up the Mentoring Scheme is WFTV’s Director of Mentoring, Sarah Wright, an ICF trained Executive Coach and former Group Director of Acquisitions & Sky Cinema, UK and Ireland alongside the WFTV Mentoring Producer for Scotland Karen Kelly.
Karen Kelly said: “This will be the third year we’ve run the WFTV Mentoring Scheme in Scotland and we’ve had huge success with an amazing group of 21 women who have now completed the programme and gone on to enjoy tremendous success in their chosen careers. We are looking forward to selecting another 7 talented women working in the creative industries in Wales to help them break through to even greater heights of excellence in their careers.”
Sarah Wright said: “WFTV’s Four Nations Mentoring Scheme is truly career – and indeed life–changing for the amazing women who take part. I cannot wait to recruit our brand-new cohort for the 2024 scheme.”
The WFTV Mentoring Schemes in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland are supported by Netflix. The closing date for applications for the WFTV Four Nations Mentoring Scheme is 5pm on Monday 11 September 2023. For further information on how to apply visit: www.wftv.org.uk/mentoring