Access coordinator training for HETV
“We must tell more disabled stories and we must empower more disabled people to tell them. The role of accessibility coordinator is vital, and will support both busy productions and the industry in making the changes needed. At UHC, we are so excited and grateful to ScreenSkills, Julie, Sara and Bridge06 for starting what will be a long road to a beautiful destination.” Jack Thorne, co-founder Underlying Health condition (UHC).
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Brought to you by ScreenSkills and Bridge06, we are looking for 12 people to be trained for an exciting role for high-end TV drama production.
The access coordinator role is perfect for people who are committed to improving disability representation, removing barriers to inclusion, and for people from the deaf, disabled and / or neurodivergent communities.
This programme is supported by the ScreenSkills High-end TV Skills Fund with contributions from UK high-end TV productions.
The access coordinator role:
The access coordinator ensures that access and adjustments are provided so that both actors and crew members can give their best work. It is part of an exciting change that is happening in television production and film.
Working from greenlight to post production, the access coordinator will be the bridge between production, cast and crew. Working with existing diversity officers and heads of department, they will ensure best practice, and that productions value hiring deaf, disabled and / or neurodivergent talent.
Who it's for
The programme is for people who have up to 2 years’ relevant experience - This can be in TV or film production, or they may have transferable skills from other areas. (This can include theatre and the arts, but equally there may be relevant skills they have gained whilst working or volunteering in other media or entertainment sectors)
The applicant must be aged 18+
They should be either deaf, disabled, and / or neurodivergent.
Applicants must be available for the training which will be both online with some elements in person
Applicants must be able to tell us why they should be in this first group of trainees for access coordinators in high- end TV drama production.
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com
What it covers
This will be an immersive training course running in short modules, both online and in person, in late summer.
The course will take a barrier removal approach. It will cover the basics of production, where access barriers may arise and how to advocate for and on behalf of deaf, disabled and / or neurodivergent cast and crew, from greenlight to post, on set and off.
We aim for our access coordinators to be working in HETV productions by the end of 2022.
The training will take place between in late summer/early Autumn.
The first day will be an in-person event giving an overview of the role.The following modules will be delivered in 2 hour sessions which can be either in person, over Zoom or hybrid. The final day will take place in person on the set of a drama production.
The course finishes with an online evaluation and we intend to support applicants for the following 12 months as they transition into working in the role.
Please see below the timings for this process:
Applications to close on 30th May
Interviews on zoom from 10-30th June
Selection of 12 trainees will be made by 15th July
Training to take place across August and September
Julie Fernandez is a disabled actress, presenter, and an award-winning documentary maker of 30 years. She has worked across the media spectrum in film, TV and radio across a range of genres and works as an access coordinator for businesses and productions
Sara Johnson is an experienced exec producer in TV drama, having worked as a commissioner at Sky & Fox and in senior roles at indies. She founded the company Bridge06 in late 2021, formalising her advocacy and family care experience. She is committed to improving the representation of deaf, disabled and / or neurodivergent talent across the entertainment industries
How to apply
Easy read, BSL and audio versions of this application are available here
Click 'apply now' to submit your application through the TripleC website .
We are happy to receive applications in a format which is most accessible to you , written in an email or Word document, via a video in BSL or English, or in an audio file. Please just make sure that you cover all the questions. Please send any email applications (including video and audio) to firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for applications is 30 May 2022.
If you have previously submitted an application, we have your details and there is no need to apply again.