Foot In The Door 2022 - SharpFutures


Please note: applications for the 'Foot In The Door 2022' with The Andy Taylor Foundation are now closed but please check back regularly for details of future opportunities.

The Andy Taylor FoundationFoot In The Door’ is a 12-week paid training and work placement opportunity. We want to help kick-start your career in creative digital media such as TikTokInstagramYouTube, TV and On Demand services.

Foot In The Door” is open to 18-24 year olds living in Greater Manchester. We want to hear from you if you are interested in making content and want to learn how it’s made. You don’t need to have any experience or a degree in media or digital because you’ll get six weeks of training with SharpFutures in partnership with The Andy Taylor Foundation, a Non-Profit Organisation committed to improving social mobility within the digital media industry followed by a six-week work placement with some of the most exciting media companies in the UK. We’re looking for people who love all types of media (TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, TV and On Demand services) and want to know how to turn it into a career in your local area.

The six-week training starts at SharpFutures (at The Sharp Project, Manchester’s creative digital hub) in mid-May, and you will learn in detail about creating content from experts who work in the creative sector. The course will cover skills like production techniques, digital storytelling, coming up with ideas and pitching them and you’ll also learn about communication and working in a team. It’ll give you new tips and techniques of how to work successfully within an exciting workplace.

After your training, you will spend the next six weeks on a work placement with one of the North West’s award winning global media, entertainment creators such as digital publisher LADbible GroupLime Pictures – the team behind Channel 4’s HollyoaksStudio Lambert North the makers of Naked Attraction, The Circle and Gogglebox and ITV Studios, a creator, producer and distributor of world-leading programmes.


The Andy Taylor Foundation is a start-up Non-Profit Organisation committed to improving social mobility within the digital media industry. Its goal is to identify and fund high-impact programmes that open up career opportunities for young adults, driving diversity and creativity within the digital media industry and to connect some of the UK’s most dynamic media organisations with talent whose potential might otherwise be untapped.

The foundation was the idea of Andy Taylor, one of the pioneers of digital media in the UK and an inspiration and mentor to many who followed in his footsteps. Andy was a proud son of Lancashire and the North who made his way into the media industry via the University of Nottingham, an early career as a lawyer and then cutting-edge digital teams at Endemol UK, Channel 4 and All3Media.

He went on to co-found Little Dot Studios, an award-winning digital content agency and media network with clients including Gordon Ramsay, NBCUniversal and Formula E. Tragically, Andy died from a brain tumour in December 2020. Family, friends and colleagues of Andy believe there is no better tribute to his life than to enable others to access rewarding careers in the media industries. The Andy Taylor Foundation was born.

ITV Studios is a creator, producer and distributor of world-leading programmes. We connect millions of people every day and shape and reflect the world they live in, we are More Than TV.

ITV Studios is home to some of the best creative minds, crafting over 7,000 hours of original programming across 60 production labels. Our global footprint spans 13 countries including the UK, US, Australia, France, Germany, The Nordics, Italy and the Netherlands and our global distribution business sells our catalogue of 90,000+ hours to broadcasters and platforms around the world.

ITV Studios is part of ITV PLC, which includes the UK’s largest commercial broadcaster.

Lime Pictures, with bases in Liverpool, London and Los Angeles, produces world-class, cutting-edge programming, covering a wide range of genres from reality drama, through to children’s scripted to Channel 4’s multi-award-winning daily soap, Hollyoaks. With more than 30 years’ experience in producing content for global audiences, it produces for all platforms, both linear and VOD, and has played a pioneering role in the launch of new formats as well as in using television as a way of on-screen storytelling, and as an off-screen platform, to communicate with a younger audience.

Lime Pictures’ extensive catalogue of programming includes the worldwide Netflix hits Zero Chill and double Emmy award-winning Free Rein, MTV’s highest rated series outside of North America Geordie Shore, Geordie OGs, the multi award-winning Hollyoaks for Channel 4 and the BAFTA award-winning reality series The Only Way Is Essex for ITV Studios. It also produces E4’s highly successful Celebs Go Dating and Celebs Go Dating: The Mansion as well as ITV Studio’s Gemma Collins: Diva Forever.

Lime Pictures is an All3Media company.

Studio Lambert is a fast growing independent television production company based in the UK (London, Manchester and the Scottish Highlands) and the US (Los Angeles). It is part of ALL3Media, the global production group.

Stephen Lambert, creator of many well known global formats, launched the company in 2008. The company quickly grew a reputation on both sides of the Atlantic for making innovative and popular unscripted shows including the global hits, Undercover Boss and Gogglebox, as well as The Circle, Race Across The World and Four In A Bed.

Studio Lambert North launched at the beginning of 2019 which has seen popular returning series as well as exciting new formats being made in Manchester.

LADbible Group  is the world’s biggest, most engaged social publisher, with an audience of over a billion. LADbible Group has nine core brands, with five websites reaching 69 million monthly users, over 304 million followers across all social channels and an international presence spanning all corners of the globe, with physical offices across APAC, the UK and Ireland.

LADbible Group content receives over three billion views on social every month, with more Gen Z watching our content than any of our competitors. LADbible Group’s aim is to give the youth generation a voice by building communities that laugh, think and act, whilst redefining news and entertainment for a social generation. LADbible Group has been widely recognised across the industry for its impactful and perception changing campaigns.

From award winning social good campaigns such as ‘Trash Isles’ which won eight Cannes Lions, to most recently ‘Blood Without Bias’ that has been awarded over 30 times (including D&AD Awards, Campaign Media Awards, Marketing Society Brave Awards and most recently The Drum Social Purpose Grand Prix).

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