ROUTE TO SUCCESS FOR LIVERPOOL TV TALENT
Liverpool who wants to work in TV is being offered a chance to take
their 1st steps on the career ladder, with the launch of an
inspirational – and paid - new training programme.
Northern Routes will give successful applicants the opportunity to
get invaluable, hands-on industry experience by offering placement
opportunities with some of the region’s award-winning programme
makers. From production assistant to post-production, make-up
to camera area, Northern Routes placements will cover all areas of
behind-the-scenes production, with trainees also being paid £300 a
week while they learn the tricks of their trade.
The initiative, aimed at nurturing new talent from across the north,
is the result of months of partnership working between the three
northern regional screen agencies:- Northwest Vision and Media,
Screen Yorkshire and Northern Film and Media, supported by the
training body for the audiovisual industries, Skillset.
“We’ve always had close links with the other regional screen
agencies in the north, but this is the first time we’ve worked so
closely together to develop a training programme targeted at a
wholly northern skills base,” explains Alice Morrison, Chief
Executive of Northwest Vision and Media, which works on behalf of
the TV, film, radio and digital content industries. “The
Northwest already boasts one of the industry’s largest, and most
highly talented skills base, outside of London. But if we want to
continue to make the region one of the premiere locations to film
in, then we need to support the new talent which production
companies are looking for. That’s why it makes sense for the three
northern screen agencies to work together, to be able to offer an
even greater talent base to those productions,” adds Alice.
Michael Grade, Chief Executive of ITV and Skillset Patron, is
backing the ground-breaking Northern Routes project. "If we
are to stay in touch with our audience demands we need an ongoing
supply of fresh ideas, creativity and diverse perspectives,”
he says. “Structured trainee schemes like Northern Routes are
one of the key industry responses to this issue and I'm very pleased
to give ITV's support to this scheme."
Successful applicants will not only be given access to industry
experts, but will also attend a series of workshops, prior to a
12-week work placement with a production company. They’ll also
receive bespoke training based on individual needs, 1-to-1 mentor
support and a training allowance.
To apply to Northern Routes, please visit
www.visionandmedia.co.uk Applicants must be aged over
18, with at least three months relevant industry experience, through
either paid or voluntary work. Closing date for applications is
January 2 2008.
your way into 2008!
Charles’ favourite building is to be transformed into an ice rink
over the festive season. A 12 metre by 12 metre rink will
enable up to 50 people at a time skate around the magnificent Great
Hall inside the Grade 1 listed St George’s Hall on Lime Street in
Liverpool. Skaters will be accompanied by a wide selection of
music and to add to the seasonal spirit, hot chocolate and mulled
wine will be available.
The building was re-opened by His Royal Highness earlier this year
following a 5 year, £23 million makeover which saw it restored to
its former glory, incorporating a Heritage Centre, upgraded courts
and prison cells open to the public.
Councillor Warren Bradley Leader of Liverpool City Council and
Deputy Chair of the Liverpool Culture Company said:- “St
George’s Hall is the jewel in Liverpool’s architectural crown, and
we really want as many people as possible to enjoy its splendour.
The indoor ice rink illustrates how one of the city’s most iconic
buildings can be used in a really imaginative way. During 2008 we
will be programming a variety of exciting events so that the people
of Liverpool can enjoy this amazing space and the great facilities
it has to offer.”
Liverpool’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Paul Clark, added:- “The
ice rink will bring the Great Hall alive, attracting people inside
and giving them a chance to take a break from last minute Christmas
shopping and get into the festive mood in a safe environment.
The Lady Mayoress and I are very much looking forward to putting on
our skates, going for a spin and gliding our way to Capital of
Kris Donaldson, Acting Chief Executive, The Liverpool Culture
Company continued:- “The ice rink kick starts the city-wide
programme of events leading up to the official opening of 2008 on 11
and 12 January. We hope that the people of Liverpool will join us at
the very beginning of the run up to the exciting year ahead.”
The Ice Rink (St will be open from 10am until 8pm (last admission
7.20 pm), from Friday 21 December until Saturday 5 January, closing
only on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
Tickets for a 30 minute skate are available from St George’s Hall
Heritage Centre. Pre-booking is advised and tickets can be reserved
0151 225 6909, (booking fee £1 per transaction).
Local businesses are also being offered the opportunity to hire the
rink for the evening for corporate entertainment.
The rink is made of a synthetic material which is sprayed to give it
the appearance of ice, meaning there is no risk of damage to the
floor of the Great Hall.