ScreenSkills and the High-end TV Skills Fund are launching a new project that uses industry experience to help inspire the next generation of TV talent, at secondary schools.

Back to school is a programme that encourages HETV professionals to pass on their knowledge by giving a talk about their job to a group of young people at secondary school or further education college.

The programme aims to allow students to hear first-hand about the range of behind-the-camera roles available and the different steps taken to break into the industry. Professionals working across all departments within high-end TV will be able to share what it’s like to work in TV and what the industry can provide.

A set of resources have been developed by ScreenSkills and funded by the High-end TV Skills Fund to help those willing to volunteer their time to help shape the future workforce. A tailored pack will include information on how to contact the school, guidance on safeguarding for young people and a guide to the ages and stages of secondary school.

Professionals will be encouraged to select to talk at the school or college they attended themselves, another nearby facility, or deliver an online talk to a school or college in another part of the UK where they may already have a contact. They will be able to make use of a bespoke showreel designed with 11-18 year olds in mind that highlights some of the amazing productions made in the UK, an editable presentation and a range of classroom resources that include career maps and guides on next steps and pathways.

Christine Healey, chair of the ScreenSkills High-end TV Skills Council, said: “I’ve found the process of giving talks in schools really reminds me about the parts of my job that I enjoy and I’m most proud of. It’s amazing to chat with the pupils and their teachers and find out what excites them and what potential there is. I hope that through sharing my personal career story I can play a part in demystifying the television industry for others”.

The HETV Skills Fund is currently seeking volunteers from within the TV industry who are willing to take part in the programme. Those interested or eager to find out more can contact Vicki Ball for more information here.

Pippa Considine

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