Field Crafting UK: From Fieldcraft to Film Craft

Field Crafting UK Ltd is a start-up limited company with the aim of supporting the armed forces veteran, blue light and special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) communities.

I served in the British Army for twenty four years. Fifteen with the Royal Corps of Signals then nine with the Queen Alexandra Royal Army Nursing (QARANC) Corps. During my career I deployed on multiple operational tours of duty, including the Balkans, Oman, Iraq, and Afghanistan, with my final tour being spent as a member of a trauma team in the Emergency Department of the Role 3 Hospital, Camp Bastion, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Having two children with diagnosed Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), I started Field Crafting UK with the aim of supporting the veteran & Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) communities using training and the sourcing of work placements. Working predominantly around the film and high-end TV industry, one of my goals is to highlight this potential career pathway for veterans and young adults from these communities, then support their entry into it.

The veteran and SEND community often find transitioning into regular full-time employment difficult. This is sometimes due to complex physical or mental illness and/or injury. At Field Crafting UK we want to help lessen the anxiety this creates by providing a safe, reputable link to employment within media and broadcasting.

Our intent is to build a database of Wounded, Injured and Sick (WIS) veterans, service personnel, members of the emergency services and SEND individuals with an interest in working both in front of and behind the camera. We will then signpost those people towards production companies willing to support them in starting off their future careers. Be that through apprenticeships or work experience programs.

With one production company already showing an interest in our work, if you are from the emergency or military community, be you serving, regular, reservist, veteran or family member, or living with a diagnosed SEND condition and have an interest in working within the industry, you can pre-register your interest with us by clicking the button at the bottom of this article and again on the home page.

We are also encouraging registration from other production companies, Film Offices, Heads of Departments and Equality and Diversity leads seeking to employ individuals from these diverse and inclusive communities.

Concurrently we are setting up to teach regulated OFQUAL First Aid at Work (including paediatrics), Mental Health First Aid at Work, Outdoors First Aid, Management of Anaphylaxis, Oxygen Therapy Administration, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillation (AED). All of which we aim to deliver within the industry and Armed Forces community. Our first package of Mental Health First Aid at Work courses are on track to be deliverable by October 2021.