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.

If you are experiencing any difficulties with your application please email Do not contact ScreenSkills or Screen Scotland.

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
  • Have no more than 12 months paid experience within a TV and Film Construction department
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
We're looking for individuals who have already learned the basic skills within Painting. Ideally we are looking for the candidate to be time served in Painting or formally trained in Set Building. Ideal candidates will have:

  • A real interest in the construction side of the film industry
  • Practical experience working in Construction or a workshop environment
  • College or formal qualification in chosen trade or proven work history in trade 

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 run to approx December 2020