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Factual entertainment training programme


Do you love entertainment television? Are you full of ideas for new TV shows?

FormatLab is a new training programme that aims to create the next wave of entertainment development talent for Scotland. Previous experience in the television industry is welcome but not required. We are looking for creative people from all different walks of life who have a love of non-scripted television, bags of enthusiasm and lots of ideas.

Successful candidates will take part in a nine month traineeship which will include top flight industry training, expert mentoring from industry professionals and a fully paid production placement.

FormatLab is funded by Screen Scotland, BBC, Channel 4 and Glasgow City Council.

Please see the full list of FAQs about the programme below.

FormatLab is a brand new development training programme. The initiative anticipates the growth in entertainment production from Scotland following the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council's investment in a brand new television production studio at Kelvin Hall, alongside the success of the existing studios at the BBC's Pacific Quay. FormatLab will focus on the development of multi-part and returning formats in factual entertainment including reality, talent, game and quiz shows. It will feature training, mentoring and placements for eight candidates over nine months.

The first six weeks will involve classroom based training prior to a production company placement.

There is no age limit for FormatLab and previous television production experience is not essential. However, to be eligible you will:

  • Have a demonstrable love of television, with a particular passion for game, quiz, talent and/or reality shows.
  • Be an innovative and original thinker, bubbling with ideas.

We want to ensure we have applicants from the widest talent pool irrespective of background, socio-economic status, gender, ethnicity, disability status, sexual orientation or other characteristics that are irrelevant to the programme. 

Once you have read all of the supporting information on this page please click here to apply for FormatLab.

If you have any further questions please email

The deadline for applications has been extended to 5pm on Tuesday 4th January 2022.

FormatLab will run from February 2022 – October 2022 approximately. The first six weeks will involve classroom-based training before joining a production company on placement.

There is no cost to the participants of FormatLab. Participants will be paid Living Wage for the duration of the nine-month programme.

If you have any further questions please email 

Applications Closed

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Meet this year's FormatLab trainees!