Application Information

Outlander Training Programme 2020
supported by Screen Scotland and ScreenSkills

The internationally acclaimed TV drama - OUTLANDER - will start filming its sixth season in 2020. Based on the novels by Diana Gabaldon, the TV series was developed by Ronald D Moore and stars Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Sophie Skelton and Richard Rankin. Broadcast in 214 territories across the world, OUTLANDER is produced in Scotland by Left Bank Pictures, Starz and Sony. Starz distribute in the US where it is ranked as the number 1 or 2 cable programme every week that it is on air. Sony International sell the show worldwide and it is one of the top 5 US series in key territories such as the UK, Germany, Spain, Australia and Canada.

We are recruiting up to 16 trainees, across various departments to train on Outlander Season 6. As a trainee on Outlander you will be learning from some of the finest technicians working in the film and television industry. The experience of training within in a real filming environment will create a strong platform for our trainees to embark on successful careers within this industry.

All trainees will attend an induction course at the start of their placement as well as a shadowing scheme where trainees will gain experience from other departments. You will have a training plan and there will also be regular meetings with supervisors to monitor your trainee development. We ask trainees to make the most of every opportunity presented to them and expect them to be proactive in their development.

Trainees will be paid salaries between: £370.60 and £501.40 per week plus holiday entitlement, for between 42.5 and 57.5 hours per week, depending on role and experience.

Please thoroughly read the application information before completing the online application form. You may wish to make a note of the questions and work on your answers separately before filling in the online application. Please note any information will be lost when you leave the page. You may submit separate applications for more than one trainee position but please consider that we are looking for trainees with a commitment to the department they are applying for and therefore applications to different departments may work against you.

In addition to answering the application questions, we ask that you complete an anonymous diversity monitoring form and attach a copy of your CV - you'll find the links to these on the application page.

To submit your application, you must click the SUBMIT button at the bottom of the application page after which you will see a screen which says "Your application has been submitted". If you do not see this screen, your application has not reached us so please try again.
The Outlander Training Programme supports diversity and encourages applications from across all sections of the community.  No formal qualifications are required, however applicants must:
  • Normally resident in Scotland (The production base is Cumbernauld)
  • Be eligible to work in the UK
  • Be over 18 years old
  • Have a basic understanding of the film and television industry, preferably with relevant work experience
  • Preferably have at least one credit from a professional TV or Film production.
  • Have no more than 12 months paid experience within the department they are applying to
We're looking for individuals with the following skills who are seeking a career in freelance film and television drama. 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to network with a range of people (actors, directors, other departments, caterers, etc)
  • Resilience and willingness to work long hours
  • Initiative and problem-solving ability
  • Flexibility and the ability to think on your feet
  • Good research skills
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills
  • An understanding of the industry
  • Team working skills
  • Enthusiasm and motivation
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure
  • A proactive nature
A good eye and ideally some understanding of construction so an artistic, architecture or interior design background.
  • Sketch Up / Auto cad / Rhino / Vector works 
  • Technical drawing skills would be an advantage but not essential
  • Driving License
  • Model making skills

Here is a small summary of the types of activities the Production Design Trainee's will be involved in:
  • Running various errands
  • Research of period props, buildings, etc
  • Sourcing props, materials, etc
  • Assisting with measuring up locations
  • Printing drawings for Art Directors
  • Assisting the Graphics Department if required
  • Model making
  • Any computer based drawing skills i.e Sketch Up / Illustrator / Autocad will also be put to good use.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 14th February 2020
Interviews will be held between the 24th & 28th February 2020
The Traineeship will commence on 9th March 2020 and would run until end December 2020