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Careers guidance & job support


Careers guidance and support at UMAe

This year we are thrilled to be increasing the amount of support available for artists at all levels of their career.  Over the two days there will be support on hand for all, from entry level to HOD’s.

Bectu have chosen UMAe to launch their Trainee Skills Passport.  Kellia Fitzpatrick, the Bectu rep for Hair, Make-up and Prosthetic (HMUP) artists says,

“This is a project driven by the volunteers of the HMUP Branch committee who are passionate about supporting new entrants into the industry.  The Trainee Skills Passport is a non compulsory project which gives guidance on the skills and knowledge all trainees should have.  Designed to be completed in conjunction with a supervisor or designer, a trainee may need to fill in numerous passports and is encouraged to take time to embed these skills.  The Skills Passport isn’t just a tick box exercise.”

There will be copies of the passport available at the Bect stand but it can also be downloaded from the branches website 

Registration will also begin for the Bectu HMUP Mentee Scheme which will enter its third year.  The programme is aimed at entry level artists who can attend supportive zoom sessions, individual and group mentoring sessions plus invaluable workshops run by working artists supported by Bectu and Prospect.

Bectu will be on hand for advice on the new 2023 Television Agreement, rate cards, member benefits and training.  You can take a look at the new website and play a part in helping develop its content.  If you are not a member, Bectu will have a special joining rate available if you sign up at UMAe. 

Throughout the two days, professional make-up artists and supervisors will be on hand to offer careers advice or cast an eye over your CV.  To guarantee a slot with one of our volunteers, email
bectuhairmakeup@gmail.com stating your day and preferred time.

On Sunday Alison Surtees will be talking about the Screen Skills funded scheme called Getting in, Getting on which is aimed at supporting those in their early career who have not been successful in applying to other Screen Skills schemes.  You can learn more about the scheme here