Summary of delegate contract for Ontente Co-Productions

Please review the following FAQs and email the Ontente team if you still have a question.

What costs are involved with the Ontente programme?
How will it help me find paid work?
What support is available afterwards?
Who is this programme aimed at?
What if I’m unemployed or self-employed without an income?
I am a company director. Am I eligible?
Do you have any opportunities for new graduates?
I’ve been before. May I take part again?
Do my previous qualifications matter?
Does it matter where I live?
What will I be doing?
When does the programme run?
Where is it held?
What do I need to sign?
What documents will I need to show?

What costs are involved with the Ontente programme?

You may be eligible for a range of private, public or charitable grants to subsidise the costs of the programme. These can include the European Commission, UK Trade & Investment and Creative Skillset. From time to time, Contented also provides some sponsorship. Once we’ve received your application, we may be able to offer you support to secure one of these. We’ll be happy to discuss your personal circumstances with you.

The quoted price of the programme (£1490+VAT, as of January 2014) includes:

  • access to one Whirlwind workshop (worth £175+VAT);
  • preparatory online/offline workshop/s, including self-assessments and mentoring;
  • business insurance including full liability and medical repatriation plus £10,000 professional equipment (up to £2000 per item);
  • shared pre-booked accommodation with breakfast and self-catering facilities for up to 11 nights. We choose this on the basis of comfort, convenience and affordability – usually same-sex twin rooms (other arrangements may be available for a premium);
  • passes for industry events (varies according to the production);
  • local travel as agreed with the team;
  • all facilitation and mentoring costs during the production abroad;
  • Welcome and Farewell meals, Embassy or other reception events as advertised.

Exclusions include:

  • travel from your home to the accommodation (eg flights, baggage, transfers to/from the airports);*
  • external certification (eg Institute of Leadership & Management);
  • your daily spending money* (lunch/dinner, drinks, shopping and other entertainment);*
  • any trips you undertake outside the remit of the production.

*Note: to estimate your spending money, we recommend the following website: www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living

back to top of page

What support is available afterwards?

A key aim of this programme is to help you find paid work and we hope to develop a long-lasting relationship with our delegates. Indeed, many of them are now running this programme! After your return you can receive:

  • a Certificate of Completion and Skills;
  • a non-commercial licence to use content in your showreels;
  • a reference and CV entry tailored to your needs;
  • one year’s membership of Contented, including discounts on workshops, a vote at our Annual General Meeting, and access to our online learning community with presentations and materials from all our productions. You may be able to progress to additional membership levels which will qualify you for referral fees and as a supplier of Contented.

back to top of page

When does the programme run?

The Ontente programme runs throughout the year, subject to demand.

A series of UK-based training and development workshops (including Whirlwind Labs and Preparation Workshops) are scheduled from January 2014.

You will be expected to research and reflect online with other members of the team and contribute to organising meetings and travel in the month  or so before the production. We are currently planning productions for March, April and May 2014, so you should attend a Whirlwind Lab in January in order to make the March production.

Some programmes include extended workshop events to shortlist offerings for our partners in the target country.

The team will meet for a full day in the UK , prior to departure.

The workshops aim to prepare everyone for the fortnight’s residential, to give you a chance to ask questions and to help the organisers and facilitators start to understand the different needs of group members. We will facilitate Skype conferences, surveys and short individual reading/writing assignments about basic business responsibility and employability themes.

The full day usually takes place in Birmingham or London where the delegates can meet each other  and provide and opportunity to network and take part in short training sessions with members of the local community from the target country. We want to familiarise you with some basic words and phrases and introduce you to the local history and economy through film and discussion with migrants.

Finally, early evening, we join our friends at a meal to sample national cuisine / drink. This should be over in time for everyone to catch public transport home.

We usually fly at the weekends, in and out of a London or midlands airport.

back to top of page

Where are the productions held?

For the first half of 2014, we are planning productions in Spain, Poland and Czech Republic. Each has a different focus and some allow delegates a greater input to their design.

Each production is tailored to the needs of the host partner so variations are inevitable. All take place in Europe, usually based in a city with an excursion to a natural environment on the outskirts. We usually organise our core activities around a business or cultural event, such as a film market or Expo, working closely with key partners.

We aim to choose a no-frills hotel or private apartment which is clean and safe and can double up as a working space. Although you won’t be supervised directly, a member of staff will be available on the phone and usually living in the same or nearby building.

back to top of page

What will I be doing?

One of the wider objectives of our programme is to explore how creative processes can add value to small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) back home. We hope that you will want to pitch that as a service – independently, or perhaps with Contented.

Each morning the whole group will gather for a series of training and development activities, exploring modern business issues such as innovation, business responsibility and sustainable development, and practising the leadership and management skill of action learning. Essentially, the latter involves a series of work-related activities interspersed with reflective discussions and peer-to-peer coaching. We will encourage you to make these as creative as you wish in order to explore non-verbal ways of knowing, so expect lots of flip chart paper, post-it notes and coloured marker pens, as well as non-strenuous physical activities, including walks through nature to explore the important theme of ecology and systems thinking. While we won’t be camping, we will be able to use our experience of living together to draw out valuable learning about issues such as organisational cohesion.

We will visit a range of creative businesses including studios and production companies and invite in a range of speakers such as entrepreneurs, producers, festival organisers, journalists and distributors involved in the content industry. Throughout the day we will all meet up again to review our learning and make any adjustments to the content and process. We will use formal EU and awarding body paperwork to gather evidence against the new CBI draft employability frameworks.

After lunch, you will work on individual and/or group assignments which require planning, research, and evaluation. For example, we will introduce you to the seven key business processes such as ‘finding customers’ and ‘developing people’, and ask you to explore how creative business approaches them. This kind of research will give you something valuable that can help change the conversation with employers. You will need to work together carefully, choosing from the packed festival programme of screenings, interviews and debates, and our own experiences as a group, pulling it all together into a creative presentation.

You will usually spend evenings reviewing or planning the day, catching up on journalling, or maybe networking or reviewing a film. We expect you to take the many opportunities to join in activities with other delegates at the markets – such as at screenings, VIP interviews, or receptions perhaps.

You should not expect to have time for visits outside the capital that are not relevant to the production, although we will schedule some time to get to know the city a little and even to do a spot of shopping.

During the two weeks, you will explore your own passions and design a project that you can pitch to employers back home. We will also plan collaborative activities to find paid work.

back to top of page

What documents will I need to show?

We will need to see certain documents, including:

  •  your passport;
  •  your degree certificate;
  •  your Curriculum Vitae;
  •  your personal statement. Please note carefully the guidance notes on the application form and ensure you address all the points fully.

If you are one of the lucky applicants to be accepted, you will be asked to show us these documents before signing a contract.

You will then be invited to join our private online Facebook and/or LinkedIn pages and be participate in Skype/phone conferences.

There may be additional criteria should you wish to apply for financial support, which will depend on your intended source of funding.

back to top of page

Who is this programme aimed at?

The ontente™ programme has been designed for people looking for work that fits their values and aspirations. We want to help you stand back and take a fresh perspective on your life, recognise and develop transferable skills, and build networks, experience, and a deeper sense of purpose.

Even the most experienced professionals may be facing particular difficulties in the labour market because they do not have the right kind of networks, work experience, or the skills to adapt to change. You may be a professional or run a micro-enterprise where you need to create a space to think differently about your next project.

back to top of page

How will it help me find paid work?

This depends on how well you take advantage of the opportunities. You will have the chance to research needs of a range of potential clients and develop a proposition to address them, which you can pilot during the programme and then pitch back home as an individual or, potentially, under the Contented umbrella.

We can’t guarantee a monetary return but we will at least get you thinking a little differently about how and where you can apply and develop your skills. We’ve noticed that many professionals don’t know what their value is – or how to package that for a business in the 21st Century. Here are some links that might set you thinking:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6XAPnuFjJc&feature=relmfu
http://www.anecologyofmind.com

Our aim is to help you venture beyond your horizons.

back to top of page

Does it matter where I live?

No. However people without an EU passport or ‘leave to remain’ in the UK will be less likely to qualify for grants and may have to rely on private sponsorship or their own funds.

back to top of page

What if I’m unemployed or self-employed without an income?

There are a number of funds to support unwaged freelancers and unemployed graduates, including those recently made redundant. If you are on Working Tax Credit, you may qualify for one of the European Commission subsidies. Once we receive your application form, we will contact you to discuss your options.

back to top of page

I am a company director. Am I eligible?

As a director of a UK-registered company, you are welcome to join the programme or to send your staff or freelance suppliers. You may qualify for government funding set aside to support export and/or economic growth. Sole-directors who can show they have poor turnover and/or no income may be eligible for European Commission funding. Please complete the application form and we will contact you to discuss your specific situation.

back to top of page

Do you have any opportunities for new graduates?

Yes, we do. Each production reserves a few places for new graduates. We are looking for people who can help their teams engage younger people, perhaps as daily users of new digital technologies. Some universities set aside income from undergraduate fees to pay for their recent graduates to join our programme. We are continually adding new universities so check with us whether your alma mater has a partnership with Contented.

back to top of page

I’ve been before. May I take part again?

That depends on a number of factors. Please contact us directly to discuss this.

back to top of page

Do my previous qualifications matter?

If you have significant professional experience we would most certainly like to hear from you. Our programme is a post-graduate level vocational and management programme so we target it at people with at least a Level 4 qualification (post-A level). While this can be a requirement for some funders, other criteria are far more important to us.

Industry sector/Degree discipline: Because we understand that many skills are transferable, we welcome applications from anyone with a degree or experience in any discipline — from engineering, law and accountancy to business, media, psychology and the natural sciences — as long as they are open to applying their skills in new sectors. Contented believes that our diversity feeds our creativity and, as an equal opportunities employer, we are committed to helping people with special needs.

Age: The environment is definitely an adult one with unsupervised access to alcohol and films of adult themes, so we would not take anyone under 18-years-old. There is no upper age limit – our eldest delegate to date has been just short of 60 years old. Of course, we would need to discuss any additional physical needs.

Communications skills: we are always looking for delegates with strong digital and written/spoken language skills. The working language of the programme is English and we welcome applicants who can also write and speak well in another language.

Responsible Enterprise: Ideally, we would like to work with mature candidates with excellent communications skills who can demonstrate creativity, enterprise, an enthusiasm for film/media, and a passion for social justice and environmental stewardship, with the potential and willingness to take creativity into other sectors. Because we work with responsible employers, we are looking for your potential to work with local business to lead a project in your community.

back to top of page

What do I need to sign?

Delegates make a series of agreements on:
– supporting Contented’s Purpose, Values & Objectives;
– processes and procedures, including time sheets, invoicing and expense claims.
– intellectual property and relationships, including recording releases;
– sharing learning and evaluation.

Grant subsidies and sponsorships usually bring their own additional conditions.
See here for a Summary of delegate contract for Ontente Co-Productions.