Port Talbot woman breaks into TV thanks to Workways
A Port Talbot woman has broken into the film and TV industry
with support from South West Workways and Tornado Films.
Louise Dyer has found employment in the film and TV industry
with support from the EU backed South West Workways project and
Tornado Films, a local production company.
Port Talbot based Tornado Films have produced a number of TV
programmes and films in the local area. However, a recurring
problem they encountered was that for certain skilled roles they
were unable to recruit locally as there were no candidates with the
skills the industry required.
As a result, Tornado and Workways collaborated to develop a
Creative Industry Academy which would help a number of local people
gain the skills needed to secure jobs in the film industry.
Tornado drafted job descriptions which would allow Workways to
identify people interested in developing a career in film.
Workways, which is backed with £12.6 million from the European
Social Fund through the Welsh Government, then supported the
suitable candidates to access Temporary Job Opportunities (TJOs) at
Tornado. This allowed them to gain the required on the job
Antony Smith, Producer and owner of Tornado Films, said: "None of
this would have been possible without Workways. The Temporary Job
Opportunities allowed the participants to become embedded in the
company. Had it been a simple work experience project for a few
days, there would have been no point as the amount of time we had
to invest in training was significant."
Louise Dyer was one of the successful candidates. She was trained
in the role of Production Runner.
With previous experience in local radio, it was Louise's goal to
forge a career in media. However, as a working mother, she needed
hours which would suit the care of her children. She was delighted
to be offered a TJO. Whilst on her placement, she gained experience
working on a film called The Darkest Day.
Louise has since gone on to gain employment as a runner on BBC's
Casualty and Da Vinci's Demons, a major new international
television series based on Leonardo Da Vinci's early life being
filmed in and around Neath Port Talbot.
Louise said: "With the support from both Tornado Films and
Workways, I have been able to explore a new career path in film
& television. For anyone who is struggling to find employment
in this current climate, I recommend speaking with Workways as they
are able to help put you on the right path."
Antony of Tornado Films believes Louise has a bright future in the
film and TV industry. He said: "When it comes to runners, if
they're not up to scratch then the whole production can fall apart.
Louise is very good at what she does. That's why she has gone onto
bigger and better things."
Neath Port Talbot Council leader Ali Thomas said: "The Council is
committed to bringing job opportunities to Neath Port Talbot and
helping those who are out of work with training and skills
development. Workways has provided valuable support in helping
people access employment in the film industry."
Marjorie Bartlett, Workways Regional Project Manager, said:
"Workways has supported over 1,400 people in Neath Port Talbot into
a diverse range of career sectors. Over the last couple of years we
have seen an increasing number of job opportunities in the film and
TV industry in Neath Port Talbot. We believe it is important that
we are able to help residents of Neath Port Talbot access these