Junior grip apprenticeship

Build, maintain and move grip equipment during productions.

In the film and TV industry, junior grips are crucial for managing camera-support equipment. On a junior grip apprenticeship, you’ll learn to set up, operate, and move devices like tracks, dollies, cranes, and jib arms to facilitate desired camera movements during filming. During the junior grip apprenticeship you’ll prepare equipment before shoots, adjust it during filming to capture the necessary shots, and dismantle it afterward. You’ll collaborate closely with the camera crew and departments like stunt, lighting, and art, and report to the key grip. Responsibilities include problem-solving, equipment maintenance, and ensuring all gear is returned in good condition. You may be expected to work in challenging conditions due to extreme weather or tough terrain on varied sets or locations. The junior grip apprenticeship might involve long, irregular hours, often working outdoors and sometimes at heights or away from home, so you’ll need to be reliable and flexible.  


Duration: 24 months  

Relevant school subjects: Art, Engineering, ICT, Media 

Entry requirements for the junior grip apprenticeship: Varies by employer, but likely the ability to lift heavy equipment and a clean driving license. 

Achievement upon completion: Level 2 (Intermediate)—equivalent to GCSEs 

Potential salary upon completion: £28,000 

Find out more: www.apprenticeshipguide.co.uk 

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