Trainee Program

The IATSE 856 Trainee Program is designed to support a permittee’s career in the film industry, and was established in response to the need for quality mentorship for new, inexperienced technicians.

Working alongside union members, trainees receive practical on-set instruction and opportunities to network with the members who might hire them in the future. Trainees work under key crew who are responsible for running their departments, and they provide guidance and leadership to the trainee.

At the end of their placement, trainees will have connected with other crew, learned practical experience and have references for their resume.


Note: Opportunities to place potential trainees are developing and highly seasonal, so please be patient if applying for a trainee position.