13 December 2013 - This story is in archive

Movie giant Warner Bros. has offered a £10,000 scholarship to a University of Hertfordshire student, as part of a major new programme of investment in skills and training for the UK’s creative industries.

Amazing opportunity

Amanda Gardner, a 20 year-old final year Film and TV student, was one of 3 students to be shortlisted by representatives from Warner Bros. and a member of academic staff from the University's School of Art and Design.

After reviewing the quality of the student's academic work and the responses to the questions in the application form, Warner Bros. then chose Amanda as the winner – she will now receive £8,000 as a maintenance grant and £2,000 to assist with funding for her final year project. The scholarship also includes a short paid placement within the Warner Bros. group, a business mentor and invitations to a series of master classes.

Amanda said: "I am extremely grateful to have received this scholarship. I feel I have been given an amazing opportunity, which will help me develop and learn new skills which I can use in the future. I highly admire Warner Brothers and I am delighted to have received a scholarship from such a successful and well established entertainment company."

Supporting the next generation

The Warner Bros. Creative Talent Programme, which launched in September 2013, supports the next generation of UK creative industries' talent with scholarships attached to work placements and mentoring, apprenticeships and training courses, giving young people of all backgrounds invaluable industry experience and insight across its UK film, TV, games and theatre operations.

Judy Glasman, Dean of the School of Creative Arts, said: "We were delighted to have been chosen as one of the few universities to offer these scholarships. It is a fantastic opportunity for Amanda and we wish her every success in her final year."

She continued: "The creative arts industry is important and growing, and this collaboration with Warner Bros. will provide invaluable skills development, training and opportunities for students to succeed and for us to work in partnership with Warner Bros.

Nationwide investment

The multi-layered, nationwide investment included 12 higher education scholarships; six apprenticeships with roles ranging from set-lighting to post-production, 25 year-long training course places for young people at inclusive theatre company, Chickenshed; 20 work experience places for schools local to Warner Bros.' London HQ; and 5 work placements on the upcoming West End musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, with the most talented of the students receiving an additional life-changing "Golden Ticket" 3-month placement.

For more information about Warner Bros. Creative Talent Programme, please visit www.warnerbroscreativetalent.co.uk.