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The Film and TV Charity has opened entries for up to 16 places on a pilot scheme to improve the confidence of women, carers and others returning to work after an absence.

Applications open today for the Confidence Booster Pilot Programme, which will offer tips, techniques and processes to boost professional and personal confidence among those with gaps in their CVs.

The charity devised the online scheme to address national and regional talent shortages highlighted during the ongoing production boom, as well as the findings of its own Looking Glass survey into mental health in film and TV.

“There are capable, talented people who may not have the confidence to step forward and pitch for work they are more than capable of undertaking,” said Nicky Davidson, the charity’s community development lead for Wales and South West England.

“Our hope is that the Confidence Booster Programme will deliver a model that can help bridge the gap by giving those people the assurance that they are good enough for an industry in real need of their expertise and experience.”

Coach and facilitator Kate Maxwell will lead the scheme, working with creative producer, trainer and mental health first-aid instructor Alison Surtees.

It consists of an introductory session, two half-day workshops and a wrap session.

Applications for the programme will run to 24 April. For further details, click here

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