The High-end TV Skills Council has commissioned a suite of new training programmes for those looking to develop their careers in High-end Television.

Many of the new programmes include a placement of up to 10 weeks with a production and all new initiatives are focused on skill shortage areas in the industry.

Kaye Elliott, ScreenSkills’ Director of High-end Television said: “The High-end TV Industry working groups have worked hard to come up with a compelling suite of new programmes and courses, which offer fantastic career development opportunities in skill shortage areas. We have included work placements where possible so that participants get on the job experience and a production credit, which they can use to further their career.”

Programmes include:

HETV craft and tech job-sharing programme commissioned to Share My Telly Job. This is a first of its kind job-sharing programme for the fund, offering placements for job-share pairs in craft and tech roles in HETV. These include roles in the following departments: Art department, hair and make-up, costume and wardrobe, sound and camera. Anyone interested should apply by 24 September.

The guiding principles of departmental budgeting for HETV and film – an online course commissioned to Mission Accomplished, that will enable participants to gain the skills and knowledge to prepare their own departmental budgets. It will be taught by established and leading industry line producers and HoDs and is aimed at ensuring that UK HETV and film productions have access to a cohort of skilled and educated professionals who can bring increased value to the production chain. The course is open to people who have five years or more experience working in costume, locations, hair and make-up or art department. Apply now for dates in October.

Regional step-up to production management programme for HETV – a new regional training programme for production management assistants (PMAs) and production coordinators in the high-end TV sector commissioned for delivery to The Pipeline (University of Salford). The step-up to production management programme is targeted at participants from the nations and regions to support career development within the production management sector. Following the training, 12 participants will be offered a paid placement.

Post-production training for production coordinators and secretaries – a half-day course for production coordinators and secretaries seeking to gain a better understanding of the post-production workflow, from pre-production to final delivery. Commissioned for delivery to Gemma Nicholson of and Ravensbourne University London, the course will be delivered online via Zoom, with a choice of sessions taking place in October and November 2021.

Step-up to 1st AD for HETV or film – commissioned to Mission Accomplished. The step-up to 1st AD online training course will enable 60 participants working in HETV and film across the UK to gain the necessary skills and knowledge to step-up to 1st assistant directors. In addition, and following on from the training programme, there will be up to 25 funded placements as 1st AD available for participants who complete the course.

Step-up to line producing for HETV – a new training opportunity for media professionals for High-end Television commissioned to Grand Scheme Media. This course has been designed to enable experienced production staff – including production managers, production coordinators, first assistant directors, location managers, production accountants and script editors – to develop their skills and step up into the key role of line producer in HETV drama. The programme will be delivered in late autumn 2021 via a series of online and – if possible – in-person modules, presented by a core team of highly experienced practitioners and guest speakers. Ten eligible participants will also be offered paid placements on UK productions. Placements will take place in 2022.

Jon Creamer

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