Production Guild of Great Britain (PGGB) has launched the Diversity and Inclusion Action Group (DIAG) formed at the end of 2020.

The group quickly identified that the group which includes producers and production managers, has a big part to play in the hiring of production teams/crew and a responsibility to progress diverse talent and be inclusive. DIAG launched it’s #MI21 (Mission Inclusion 2021) initiatives earlier this year and is delighted to partner with the British Film Commission (BFC) to launch its inaugural mentor scheme. 

Who is the course aimed at?

This scheme is designed to help those currently underrepresented to get to the next level of their career. It is aimed at all grades and departments represented in PGGB’S membership which includes production, accounts, ADs, location, post-production and VFX supervisors and co-ordinators. The mentor scheme will recruit 15 mentees (aged 18 +) at all career stages, including: entry, early, experienced and expert levels.

How will it benefit my career?

Mentoring partnerships are one-to-one partnerships that focus on the personal and professional development of the mentee in the workplace. This scheme will help mentees gain access to the help and support they need to progress in their chosen field. On completion of the mentoring scheme there will also be the opportunity to network with leading production professionals in a showcase event.

Course delivery

This course will be delivered online and mentees will have access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Course Overview

This is a 6-month mentoring programme with training for both mentor and mentee supported by ScreenSkills.

Key dates: 2021:

  • w/c 24th May – Applications for mentees open
  • 30th June – Applications close
  • 30th June – 12th July interviews for shortlisted candidates
  • 12th July – selection and matching mentors completed
  • 20th July – Introductory session for mentors (1 hour zoom session hosted by ScreenSkills)
  • 21st July – Introductory session for mentees (1 hour zoom session hosted by ScreenSkills)
  • 22nd July – Introduction of mentors to their mentees

2022:

  • 15th January – the scheme completes – networking and showcase celebration event
  • 31st May – Scheme review – ‘where are you now?’

Mentors

Mentors will come from PGGB’s impressive calibre of membership talent, business partners, as well as our DIAG group. All will have worked in film and HETV at the highest level. PGGB has a heritage in outreach schemes and strong track record in developing new talent.

“I’m only working in this industry because PGGB intentionally went outside of the industry, outside of London to the regions, and made an effort to recruit people into APATS (Assistant Production Accounting Training Scheme) who had no connection with the film and TV industry, people who were otherwise unlikely to have access to such opportunities.”

Chika Anisiobi – Production Finance Manager (UK non-fiction) Netflix and Vice Chair PGGB Diversity and Inclusion Group

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, please complete and return an application form and a diversity form. We would encourage you to read our guidance notes before you apply. 

Please read the application form carefully and complete all elements to the best of your ability. Your application will be assessed by a panel that will base their decision on this form. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview. Please return both forms to pg@productionguild.com titled ‘Mentor Scheme’. Please note that, on this occasion, we do not require CVs to be sent with your application. Due to the expected volume of applications, we are unable to give individual feedback.

Our Diversity and Inclusion Mentor Scheme is part of the ScreenSkills Mentoring Network which is supported by the BFI, awarding National Lottery funds as part of its Future Film Skills strategy. The scheme is also supported by BFC.


The deadline for applications is Wednesday 30th June 2021. Really think about how this scheme could help you and focus on what your goals are, so we can think how best to help you and how to match you to a mentor for success. Apply here.