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Application questions

Am I eligible to apply for The Network?

Being on the scheme

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Application Questions

Question: When can I apply for The Network?
Answer: Applications for The Network 2018 will open next year. In the meantime, you can register for updates here.

Question: How do I apply for The Network?
Answer: The application is made up of three sections: personal information (including a CV), three longer questions, and monitoring information. You can choose to submit your answers to the longer questions as either a written or video response. Ensure you have the Before You Start section before you begin working on your application, as well as the Hints and Tips pages on completing your longer responses.

Question: My CV isn’t very long/I’ve never written a CV before – what should I do?
Answer: Do not worry if your CV is not very long. This will not be marked alongside your application questions, but we will need it it to assess your suitability for the scheme, so please be honest about the amount of experience you have. If you’ve never written a CV before, there are plenty of resources online to help, such as these articles from Prospects, BBC Academy and So You Want to Work in Television.

Question: I want to be a presenter/actor – will going on The Network help?
Answer: No. The Network is about finding talented people who want to work behind the camera.  It’s not about launching your presenting or acting career.  Please do not apply if this is your career goal.

Question: Who marks my application and what are they looking for?
Answer: The forms are judged by a cross-section of industry professionals who sit on The Network Committee and interviews are carried out by industry talent managers. They are looking for creativity, passion and a keen interest in the television industry. Please take the time to read through our Application Hints and Tips before filling in your form.

Question: Can I apply more than once in the same year?
Answer: No, we will not accept multiple entries. This includes submitting both a video and a written application – please only submit one application through one type of media.

Am I eligible to apply for The Network

Question: Do I have to be a student/have a degree or any qualifications?
Answer: Absolutely not. The Network is open to everyone over 18, regardless of educational background.

Question: I am not at college/university now – but am starting or thinking of starting in Autumn 2018, can I still apply?
Answer: Please only apply if you are definitely not going to be in full-time education in Autumn 2018. If your application is successful and we subsequently discover you are planning to be in full-time education in Autumn 2018, we may revoke your invitation to participate in The Network. This is because the scheme is designed for people starting their careers.

Question: I am still at college/university – can I apply?
Answer: You can definitely apply as long as you are in your final year of college or university.

Question: What qualifications do I need to apply?
Answer: You don’t need a degree or any qualifications to be eligible for The Network, we are interested in your potential and passion.

Question: I’m 17. Can I apply?
Answer: You need to be over 18 to take part in The Network. You can apply if you are 17 but you MUST have turned 18 by 21 August 2018.

Question: Is there an age limit?
Answer: No, just an experience limit. If you’re looking to change careers and you’ve had no more than 3 months’ paid TV experience we want to hear from you too. The Network has previously helped people over 30 kickstart a second career.

Question: Can I apply if I’m not originally from the UK?
Yes, you can, as long as you permanently reside in the UK and have the right to work here. Our aim is to help you get a job in the British TV industry, so can’t be of much help if you aren’t able to work here.

Question: Do I need experience of working in the TV industry?
Answer: No, The Network is open to anyone aged 18+ who is passionate about TV and is aimed at those with little or no professional experience. It’s the first step into the television industry. We are looking for people with an enthusiasm and demonstrable interest in working in TV. However, if you’ve already had plenty of work experience placements and lots of paid work in television, you may be over-qualified for the scheme. The Network is designed to help fresh new talent kick-start their career in the TV industry. We suggest that those who have had more than 3 months of work in TV are overqualified for the scheme. 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. If you are unsure if you are too qualified for the scheme, please email a copy of you CV to

Question: Can I apply if I have been previously unsuccessful?
Answer: Yes, please do, as many Network delegates do gain a place the second or even third time around.

Question: Can I apply if I have attended The Network before?
Answer: No, you cannot attend The Network more than once.



Being on the scheme

Question: When is The Network?
Answer: The Network runs alongside the Edinburgh TV Festival, and will take place from 22 – 25 August 2017.

Question: How long does it go on for?
Answer: The Network in Edinburgh last 4 days.  But after that, you will be encouraged to apply for The Network at Work placement scheme, which starts in the autumn. You will also join our alumni group, through which you will receive special offers, invitations to exclusive alumni events, access to further training and a heads up on industry jobs.

Question: What will I need to pay for?
Answer: You will need to pay for your travel to and from Edinburgh. Your accommodation, travel within Edinburgh and most of your meals are paid for whilst you are on the scheme.

Question: Where will I stay in Edinburgh?
Answer: You will stay in shared flats in student accommodation.

Question: What will I be doing in Edinburgh?
Answer: You will be taking part in 4 days of masterclasses and practical workshops.  The masterclasses are hosted by top industry professionals and are about current shows and industry themes. See what 2016’s Networkers got up to by watching our promo film.

Question: Who will I meet?
Answer: We can’t confirm the actual names of people you will meet until July 2017. But we can promise you that you will be meeting some of the most influential and important people in the media industry, including scriptwriters, producers, channel controllers, actors, publicists, programme schedulers and commissioning editors. In recent years, delegates have learnt from, met and worked with:

  • David Abraham
  • Zai Bennett
  • John Bishop
  • Charlie Brooker
  • James Buckley
  • Vince Gilligan
  • Joe Godwin
  • Krishnan Guru-Murthy
  • Jay Hunt
  • Armando Iannucci
  • Steven Moffat
  • Ronald D. Moore
  • Ore Oduba
  • Richard Osman
  • Vinay Patel
  • Shane Smith
  • Kevin Spacey
  • Ben Stephenson
  • Sue Vertue
  • Karl Warner
  • Josh Widdicombe
  • Ben Winston
  • Pat Younge

… and the teams behind Game of Thrones,The Late, Late Show with James Corden, First Dates, Horrible Histories, Pointless, A Question of Sport, Casualty and Hollyoaks.

Question: Will I get a job at the end of it?
Answer: We can’t promise that – but you will definitely be meeting people who have the power to give you a job. If you stand out and impress them, they might offer you the chance for a chat or some work experience, which could very well lead to paid work.  TV is a notoriously difficult industry to get into, so getting that foot in the door and making contacts really helps. The Network at Work also offers exclusive paid placements that are often the first jobs that lead to a career in television.