Screen Alliance Wales in 2021

In 2021 SAW…

·  Welcomed over 2500 people to visit the studios and see the amazing sets of  A Discovery of Witches 3, His Dark Materials 3 and Industry 2

·  Had 71 Trainees across all of these productions

·  Supported 233 Work Shadowing placements – many of these have gone onto paid work.

·  Exceeded 440 jobs advertised via our website and over 200 people have gained employed thanks to the direct involvement of SAW.

·  Reached out to schools, colleges, universities, youth clubs and communities across Wales to deliver workshops and masterclasses to people of all ages.

This means that, to date, SAW have engaged with over 22,000 people across Wales since 2018.

Trainees of 2021

It has been important for us at Screen Alliance Wales to be able to welcome back a significant number of trainees once again. Increasing from 4 in 2020 to 25 in 2021, giving people their first taste of the industry is an important part of our work.

In addition to simply offering paid employment, each trainee has been given a bespoke training and materials package unique to their needs and prepare them for their future careers.  These include training in First Aid, Fire Warden and Fire Extinguisher Training, Mental Health Resilience and Confidence, as well as specific skills such as workplace qualifications and tools as shown below. We also supported other organisations to find their own entrants into the industry, with 6 other individuals taken on as trainees with Disney at Bridgend. These opportunities were advertised exclusively through our website.


As one of the key foundations of Screen Alliance Wales, being able to engage with learners across Wales is vital in ensuring the industry can nurture a pool of talent for productions of the future. This year, with loosening restrictions, we have been able to deliver face to face sessions in 15 Local Authorities in Wales, including 4 in North Wales, helping ensure we are seen to be working towards our commitment for the whole country. In 2022, we are aiming to ensure we will have worked in all 22 Local Authorities.

While social distancing has limited the numbers we have been able to accommodate in our classroom for tours, the combination of outreach and virtual learning mean this year we have worked with 9,283 learners. As a result, in total, SAW has delivered insight opportunities to 21,731 students.

Work shops have included Careers in TV and Film; Filmmaking; Animation; Set Design; Puppetry; Scenic Painting; Prop Design and Special effects.

Online Resources

Providing support online was both a necessity brought on by circumstance in 2020, but also a platform we can support individuals from a broader audience – removing financial and geographic boundaries to learning. Newly available in 2021 are:

·      Online activities and downloadable teachers guides.

·      Edited versions of Masterclasses and Careers Cafes

·     Adapting for TV – Project in conjunction with the Hay Festival

Online Courses

Over the course of 2021, SAW have delivered a range of courses to empower individuals to either get their first job in the industry, advance their career or re-train – they were TV Drama Script Writing with Bad Wolf Development Executive Zina Wegrzynski; Locations Training; Production Coordinator Training; True Crime Production with Tracey Ulman (in association with PACT) and Script Supervisor Training.

The Script Supervisor training in particular generated interest from Productions in need of people to fill this role, and a few of the attendees have already reaped the benefits and provided us with feedback.

In addition to department specific training, SAW have ensured people working with them have been given Professional development training including First Aid certification, Fire Marshall training and the Health and Safety Passport.

Careers Cafés

Started in 2021, SAW’s Careers Café has continued and provides anyone an opportunity to learn more about careers and potential pathways in the industry on a monthly basis.  Alongside a presentation, attendees to the free events have been able to ask questions and benefit from the experience of a group of people from various backgrounds and different levels of seniority.

You can read on HERE for more information about SAW Partnerships with schools and University of South Wales, Hay Festival, Yr Urdd, Careers Wales and Inspiring Wales

vering their ‘Have a Go’ workshops to schools in Wrexham, Powys and Monmouthshire in animation, within the context of potential careers.

SAW 2022 Plans

New Trainee

SAW will shortly be advertising for our own SAW Trainee who will start with us and then work across a range of departments to give them an insight as to where they want to be in this industry. We want to open the door for someone who currently doesn’t even know where the door is.

Working with refugees

Next year, SAW are working with Afghan Refugees to try to find them paid work and help them feel secure and settled in Wales.  They will be announcing projects in the local communities, namely Butetown and Grangetown, to encourage more people from underrepresented backgrounds to enter this industry.

Wales Millennium Centre

Following on from our Step Across programme, SAW are continuing to embrace the wider creative sector in Wales.  Working alongside the Wales Millennium Centre, we are going to be working with groups both local to them in Cardiff, and Young Carers from Swansea.

Wales documentary network

Building on the success of the ‘One Stop Doc Shop’ project we supported last year, we are once again teaming up with Wheesht Films in a successful funding bid.  The BFI Doc Society are supporting the project which will seek to get women from underrepresented areas to develop the skills and confidence to tell their own stories in 2022.

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