EMPLOYMENT: River City Academy: January 2024 Cohort

River City Academy: January 2024 Cohort

Editorial, Production & Programming

Fixed Term – Full Time

Dumbarton, GB, G82 2AP

BBC Studios Production

Job Closing Date:  13/09/2023


Training Academy Introduction: River City sits at the heart of Scotland’s ever-growing TV production landscape and is seen as a rite of passage for anyone wanting to break into the world of television in Scotland.

Designed by BBC Studios, in partnership with Screen Scotland, River City is about to embark on a first-of-its-kind Training Academy. Our mission is to upskill and train new and creative talent to become an asset to the show and the Scottish TV Production Industry.

If you’re based in Scotland, have a passion for Continuing Drama Series, enjoy watching River City and want to work in Production then the River City Academy could be for you.

Training Academy Brief

The River City Training Academy is already underway with its first group of trainees and we’re looking for a new cohort to start in January 2024.

The Academy features an initial three-week training period, which features both classroom and practical training at the River City studio in Dumbarton. Learning will be tailored to each specific role and both the Training Manager and Heads of Department will continue to oversee and support each trainees’ progress.

Beyond the initial three weeks’ training, Trainees will have the opportunity to work with experienced trainers and professionals in their respective fields, shadowing the best in the business, gaining hands-on experience and preparing them for future roles on the production.

We’re looking for applicants who have a keen and active interest in the world of TV production; are hardworking; creative; keen; willing to learn; and are looking for their first step into the world of television.

If you’re worried about having little to no experience, not to worry! All we ask is – for the majority of roles – that you have a keen interest and/or limited experience in the roles you indicate you’re interested in.

What Happens Next?

This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a ground-breaking training initiative that aims to futureproof the River City TV production team and contribute to the growth of the Scottish TV landscape. If your knowledge, passion and/or experience lies in one of the roles below, please register your interest and we’ll be in touch when the application window opens.

These roles require little experience and a passion for the discipline is preferred:

Trainee Story-liner
Trainee Sound Assistant
Costume Trainee
Makeup Trainee
Camera Assistant
Trainee Spark

These roles will require a level of prior experience:

Trainee Design Assistant
Trainee DOP
Trainee Gaffer
Trainee Sound Recordist
Trainee Boom Op
Please identify both your first and second choice roles you would like to be considered for and upload your CVs.

Note: Please be aware that this job advert is based on the current information available and may be subject to changes as the River City Training Academy 2024 continues to evolve and plan for the January training schedule.


This job description is a written statement of the essential characteristics of the job, with its principal account-abilities, incorporating a note of the skills, knowledge and experience required for a satisfactory level of performance. This is not intended to be a complete, detailed account of all aspects of the duties involved.


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