Teen aiming to benefit from her apprenticeship

Abbie Paxton
Abbie Paxton

A NORTHUMBERLAND teenager’s hopes of a successful career promoting productions and events have been boosted after she won a place on a prestigious scheme.

A total of 20 young adults were chosen for a 10-month apprenticeship position with the National Youth Film Academy (NYFA) and they include Abbie Paxton of Eshott.

Based at its Newcastle offices and studios, she is carrying out a range of tasks for the PR and events department and is making a host of new contacts.

Her main role will be organising a film project this summer for 81 people from across the UK aged between 16 and 25, which involves workshop days in London.

The 19-year-old did her A-Levels at Westfield School in Newcastle then went to the Leeds College of Music in September, but she did not settle and came back home to look for something new.

“It was a whirlwind process with the NYFA apprenticeship because I applied on a Monday, had an interview on the Tuesday and was offered a place on the Wednesday,” she said.

“I was pleasantly surprised because I wasn’t expecting to be offered the job, let alone getting it just a day after the interview.

“It has been challenging at times, but I’ve really enjoyed it so far and I feel a valued member of the team.

“For the summer project, the people who have come through the auditions and interviews will all play their part in making a short film from scratch.

“They already know their role during the 12 days, these include actors, directors, writers, editors and crew, but it’s not until their first day in the London studios that they are divided into their groups and I will then need to make sure they know exactly what they need to do and that everything is running smoothly so they can get on with their film. I will also help the tutors to make an assessment of them.

“We do get a bit of free time and we’ll be going to the Warner Brothers Studios as they are nearby, which I’m really excited about.”

Abbie believes the apprenticeship will give her a much stronger chance of finding a permanent full-time job in the PR and events industry.

She said: “It’s amazing how many contacts the NYFA has and we’re all getting useful opportunities to work with and learn from people who are very experienced in our chosen fields.”