Introduction to HETV locations management
Do you have an interest in working in the UK’s booming television industry? A key role in television – with plenty of job opportunities – is the role of location manager, which involves finding and organising filming at all of the locations that have been written into the script. To help you explore and develop a potential career in this important department, ScreenSkills has launched a free Introduction to high-end television (HETV) location management training and placement programme. The programme is supported by the ScreenSkills HETV Skills Fund with contributions from UK high-end TV productions and will be delivered by Screen Yorkshire.
The programme will start with an online introduction detailing the work of the location manager and how their role fits into the wider production of television drama.
After the introduction, applications will be open for 20 places on an in-depth training course, following which 12 placements will be available on high-end television dramas throughout the UK.
Who it's for
The role of location manager takes creative flair, lateral thinking, resilience and strong organisation and communication skills. In addition to being a potential department career switch for those already working in the industry, for this course we are also actively seeking applicants from aligned industries. The role might suit someone from an events management, music festival or travelling theatre organisational background looking for a change of direction in their career. Numerous location managers currently working in the industry have come from military backgrounds too, so we welcome applications from former armed-forces personnel
Course Leader Richard Knight from Screen Yorkshire (himself a former location manager) said “following the success of last year’s ScreenSkills’ Introduction to HETV location management programme, I’m delighted to have the opportunity to run the course a second time. The course format allows anyone who so wishes to get a taster of the location department, and for those who like what they see, there’s the chance to receive further training and potentially a placement on something big. This year I’m particularly keen to welcome people from other industries which might have furnished participants with the transferrable skills to work in film and TV. Come and join us, we’re a booming industry with a lot of employment opportunities all over the UK.”
This programme is open to anyone with a right to work in the UK who is interested in working in the television drama locations department.
What it covers
The introduction will be a two-hour online session (with breaks), detailing the work of the location manager and how their role fits into the wider production of television drama.
Location Assistant Claire Banks, who participated on last year’s course said: “the online training was fantastic; to have our location finds appraised and discussed by industry professionals was an excellent learning experience. Through the programme I secured a placement on Peaky Blinders which grew into full-time employment on the show, which then led to work on Mission Impossible 7 and TV dramas Sherwood and the Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon. My CV is already looking impressive, and it’s been less than a year since I joined the industry.”
How to apply
Click ‘book now’ to confirm for your place on the introduction session: you must login or register before you are able to complete your booking.
Applications for the training course will open at the end of the session.