Before you apply

Read this before you start your Network application


The Network is committed to equality and diversity. We encourage applications from minorities and people with disabilities. Almost anyone is eligible to apply, you just have to meet a few eligibility criteria:

  1. You must be 18 or over to apply for The Network. We do ask all Network delegates to bring ID with them to Edinburgh, so please don’t apply if you’ll be 17 or under on 19 August 2019.
  2. Do you definitely want to work in TV? This isn’t a taster course to see if you might like to work in television – The Network is designed specifically to help you get an entry-level job in the industry and take the first step in your TV career. It is also not a scheme for presenters or actors.
  3. You must be ready and available to start work in September 2019. Once you return from Edinburgh, our main aim is to help you get your first job in television. We cannot help you find full-time work in TV if you are still studying in September.

If you fit all of these criteria and love television, then we want to hear from you. We’re looking for people who are passionate about starting a career making TV, and would love to join the British TV industry.

If you have more specific eligibility questions, check our FAQs.


There are a few things you can do before you start applying to speed up the application process.

Have an up-to-date CV ready to upload

This will not be marked alongside your application questions, but we will need it to assess your suitability for the scheme.

If you’ve never written a CV before, there are resources online to help, such as these from Prospects, BBC Academy and So You Want to Work in Television. Don’t worry if you have no direct TV experience.

If you’ve already done more than 3 months’ of work in TV, you may be over-qualified for the scheme, as The Network is designed to help fresh new talent kick-start their career in the TV industry. Not getting a place on The Network is certainly not a judgement that you’re unsuited to work in the industry – if you’re already doing well on your own, then the scheme probably isn’t right for you.

Decide how you’d like to respond to the main application questions

Your application will be marked on the basis of your answers to three main questions. Decide if you’d prefer to write your answers or film your responses as a video. It’s up to you which format you choose – both types of answer will be treated equally.

We’ve put together lots of help and advice on writing or recording an impressive application.


Deadline: Friday 27 April


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