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What we do

Crew Room Academy is a pioneering training and mentorship program for 13-21 year olds that have been historically excluded and are looking to build a career in broadcasting.

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Who We Are

2000 - 2010
Errol and James independently entered the broadcast industry, Errol getting his break at the iconic 'London Studios' as a technical runner, while James learnt his trade as a junior technical operator in shopping TV.
2010 - 2020
Errol and James individually mentored and supported others while pushing themselves forward in the industry.
March 2020
Crew Room Academy derived from the many contacts gained in the industry, this merged into the educational journey.
2021
In 2021 there was the addition of support from Amazon Prime video along with a new Operations Manager Lisa, to aid the smooth running of the company.
2023
Crew Room Academy has exciting plans for growth with regards to the creation of practical training programmes based in Leeds, Manchester, and London.

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ITV
London
Studio Technician – ITV Studios, Daytime
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£24,938
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12 months Fix Term Contract
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ITV
London
Technical Assistant
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£23,372 - £25,419
Contract length
6 Months Fixed Term Contract, Full Time
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Fixed term 12 months
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ITV
Leeds
Continuing Drama Writer – Emmerdale (Internship)
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£26,364.52 pa pro rated
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12 week Freelance Contract, Full Time
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Our success stories

I had the most incredible experience at the Television Centre on the This Morning set shadowing the Camera Operators and Tech Assistants this week. I was lucky enough to be introduced to so many talented staff and freelancers working regularly for ITV Daytime, who were all incredibly friendly, supportive and, generous with their time offering me so much advice and sharing their industry knowledge with me. This opportunity has enabled me to develop new skills and gain a more solid understanding of professional production practices within a live programme like This Morning. I could not be more grateful to every member of the crew who took the time to chat to me, answer my questions and teach me something new. And, to James and Errol, the founders of Crew Room Academy for making it happen.
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Charlie Bayley
For months after completing my ScreenSkills course, I was trying to find my way into the film and tv world. After using crew room academy I was able to land my first role as a studio runner at Versa London Studios which has lasted for 4 and a half months. As well as boosting my credentials as a freelancer by encouraging me and putting me forward for other great jobs in my spare time. For that, I believe, if you are looking to find your way in the entertainment field, join crew room academy because they’re not only a job finder but also a family.
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L’shea Gilkes

Meet the team

Errol Osman
Co - Founder Studio Manager
After completing a Media and Photography Course at North West Kent College, Errol began his broadcasting career as a Technical Runner in the Post -Production Department at the London Studios in 2003. Errol worked in Post -Production for the next seven years starting as an Edit Assistant before evolving to Junior Editor and later moving into a VTR role as a Coordinator during the HD upgrades. In 2010 Errol moved into Studio Management when he joined the Sales and Marketing Team as a Junior Client Liaison Manager at the London Studios, this was the link between Program Makers, Production Facilities and Crew. It was a rapid progression for Errol obtaining the role in 2011 of Full Studio Manager. From here Errol has successfully managed a range of productions including ITV Studios Live Daytime, Sport Output, Entertainment Specials such as Adele at the BBC, Have I Got News for You and Saturday Night Takeaway to name but a few.
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James Ash
Co - Founder Studio Engineer
James grew up in a single parent, low-income household without the prospect of being able to afford a university education, this resulted in a great deal of uncertainty on how to break into the industry. James however, begun his career at 18 with a lucky break at a TV shopping channel which ultimately has led him to his current position as a Freelance Technical Director and Vision Engineer. Within the 14 years James has been in industry he has worked across productions such as The Baftas, The Brit Awards, Graham Norton, This Morning, and Saturday Night Takeaway. This impressive list also branches into Sport where James travels oversees for events such as the World Cup and Formula E. James has utilised his experience and pursued his passion of working with young individuals who are interested in having a career within media but have experienced the same challenges he once had with limited resources available.
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Lisa Penlington
Operations Manager
Lisa is the newest member of The Crew Room Academy Team and brings a diverse portfolio of experience from across the world. Lisa has flourished in a variety of roles such as Post Producer, Bookings Coordinator to Head of Production. Starting out in the Industry in South Africa as a Sound Assistant Lisa joined The Refinery Post Production Facility where she was quickly promoted to Post Producer. Upon Lisa’s relocation to the UK, she joined Soho based Post Production House, London Post as a Head of Production which transitioned over to ITV working in various departments. Lisa later merged her wealth of knowledge from the broadcast industry with managing two successful businesses in South Africa. The Crew Room Academy are fortunate to have Lisa on board as Operations Manager and welcome the varied skillset of fairness, kindness, and willingness to add value where she can. Lisa has successfully fulfilled the “Mother” role and supports the whole team with such enthusiasm, making The Crew Room Academy dream a reality.
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Our impact

Disabled employees make up 9% of workers at an all-employee level and 8% of senior managers, compared with 21% of the UK working age population.
2022
Ofcom- Equity, diversity and inclusion in television and radio: 2021-22
75% of schools in the UK have insufficient, limited or no funding for further careers learning.
2022
Representation of minority ethnic groups remains below benchmarks for the major cities in which a number of broadcasters have a strong presence (e.g. London at 37% and Manchester at 28%).
Representation of minority ethnic groups remains below benchmarks for the major cities in which a number of broadcasters have a strong presence (e.g. London at 37% and Manchester at 28%).
2022
Ofcom- Equity, diversity and inclusion in television and radio: 2021-22
Thanks to the Verified Crew - CRA's approved crew can actively make a difference in helping with all aspects of underrepresentation.
Our 'Intro into broadcasting' e-learning video is currently in 1300 schools across the UK showing students the various roles available to them in the industry.
Crew Room Academy are in the process of setting up offices in London ,Manchester and Leeds.
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