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London Film Archive has a focus on new recruits

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CREATIVE SKILLSET, the industry skills body for the creative industries, along with Film London and FOCAL International are offering five London based traineeships to new entrants to the film industry starting in May.

There are opportunities to work with some of the UK’s most exciting and iconic collections of film spanning science, sport and the arts and learn the key skills of media archiving.

Placements are available at the following film archives in London: the Science photo library, Camden Arts centre, the content management companies Deluxe Media Europe and Visual Data.

Media archivists and archive technicians rescue, preserve and restore film, TV and digital media so that future generations can be inspired by the brilliance of our media heritage.

Trainees will receive expert training and work in industry for up to 24 weeks with major top media archive collections learning from skilled professionals about film archiving, intellectual property rights, digital marketing, and the role of heritage and archives in the film industry.

Science Photo Library is the leading provider of images and footage of science, medicine and technology.
Their collection brings together the work of videographers, animators, scientists and research institutions from around the world, providing an unrivalled resource for media organisations.

Ben Jones of the Science Photo Library said: ”Having taken part in the scheme last time, we were eager to sign up again for 2015.

“It's great to be in a position to help to introduce young people to the industry, and to teach them real skills and practices that will be of lasting benefit in their careers."

The ITV Sports Archive has around 200,000 hours of classic footage from major sporting events covered by ITV Sport since the mid 1960s.

The Camden Arts Centre hosts a classic collection of art from its collections spanning decades.

Deluxe media Europe and Visual Data are significant content management service companies offering film and video asset management services to the Media & Entertainment industry.

Trainees receive a training allowance at the equivalent of the living wage throughout the class-based training and placements. Applications are open now and the closing date for applications is March 30 2015.

For more information visit www. creativeskillset.org or contact the archive partnership manager, Madeline Bates: madelineb@creativeskillset.org, 020 7713 9800

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