Grierson DocLab 2017


Applications are now open for the Grierson Trust’s 2017 DocLab Training and Mentoring Scheme in partnership with Bertha DocHouse


Do you love television or know of any young person aged 18-25 who does? Do you think you could bring something unique, creative and brilliant to the industry if only you were given the chance to prove yourself?  Do you have stories you are burning to share, or think need to be told?

If the answer is yes to any of the above The 2017 Grierson Trust DocLab, in partnership with Bertha DocHouse, is for you. This is an opportunity to turn that thought into reality. The television industry needs new entrants from a variety of different backgrounds and experiences to make exciting, interesting, thought provoking and show stopping factual and documentary programmes.

We are now seeking applications from young people (UK residents only), who are passionate about television, who have ideas on what they can contribute to the industry and who can offer fresh perspectives which are not being reflected on the screen.

In return, this prestigious scheme will give you the support to take that first step towards a successful career in factual programme making.  You will be enrolled onto a residential training programme, gain access to award winning industry professionals, structured mentoring support, the chance to attend the internationally recognized Sheffield Doc/Fest, and be offered a paid placement with a production company.  The Trust will additionally provide ongoing bespoke support to help you progress your career choice within the sector.


Some of this year’s companies supporting the scheme include Century Films (C4 Kids on the Edge), Dragonfly (C4 One Born Every Minute), Renegade Pictures (Don’t Tell the Bride), Pulse (The Last Days of Legal Highs, Black is the New Black), Testimony Films (The Greatest Generation, Photographing Africa), True North (First Day at Big School), True Vision (Prison, My Parents and Me) and Wall to Wall (Who Do You Think You Are?).


You can read and watch how last year’s trainees have benefitted from the scheme on the Grierson Trust website.

This opportunity is for new entrants (aged 18-25), and will support a variety of roles behind the camera. You can find information about working in the TV industry on the Creative Skillset website and on Open 4an online learning platform, hosted by Channel 4.

To apply and for application guidelines and the FAQs click here




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Grierson Trust

Date & Time

May 22, 2017 to May 24, 2017 | 09:00 to 17:00


Impact Hub Birmingham


Entry Fee

Cost for Members: application form process

Cost for Non Members: application form process

Updated on 03 February 2017