Production Coordinator Training Programme: Bristol and Cardiff

Career stages
Unscripted TV
ScreenSkills funded

Production management offers an exciting career path in TV and high levels of employability. The production coordinator holds a dynamic and challenging role which requires key skills and industry training.

This programme has been created for individuals in the early stages of their career who are ready to take the next step and focus on developing a career in production management in unscripted television exclusively.

Successful applicants will receive:

  • eight days of intensive fast track training delivered online by the BBC Academy and industry experts This training will provide a comprehensive overview of the production coordinator role in unscripted television, including working on documentaries, entertainment, live studio and location filming
  • Three months paid work placement in an independent production company and industry mentor offered as part of the training programme
  • Industry networking event on the final evening of training

ScreenSkills will match participants on placements and with mentors. The training programme is heavily subsidised with a fee of only £150, payable by successful delegates or their employers. There are bursaries available for those who require support.

Application deadline for this iteration is the 22 January 2021 with training due to take place 8 – 17 March 2021. 

Who it's for

This programme is for individuals in the early stages of their career and already working as a runner, production secretary, production coordinator or production management assistant. It is an opportunity for those with at least 6 – 9 months experience, who are already working in, or are keen to work in, unscripted television, and are ready to take the next step and focus on developing a career in production management. 

Please note this application is for the Bristol and Cardiff programme only and is open to people in the South West and Wales.

What it covers

This fast track intensive training delivered by industry experts will cover:

  • budgeting and scheduling
  • setting up locations shoots in UK and rest of world
  • planning and setting up a studio shoot
  • leadership
  • mental health awareness
  • health and safety
  • negotiation skills
  • post-production workflow
  • rights and clearances
  • key production paperwork
  • technical kit and technology

Unique to the industry, this programme also offers a three month, individually matched paid work placement and industry mentor to consolidate the training. This bespoke opportunity ensures that all successful candidates are ready to step into a role as a junior production coordinator on completion of the programme.

The Bristol and Cardiff programme starts on 8 March 2021. For further information about work placements email the PCTP team.

How to apply

Click the 'Apply now' button above. You will need to create and be logged into your ScreenSkills profile.

  • Delegates will be selected using a blind process and will only be judged on the answers to the application form.
  • For the initial selection, CVs will not be looked at, so please make the answers in your application as full and reflective of your skills and experience as possible.
  • Please upload an up-to-date CV – this will be referred to if shortlisted for interview.
  • Please include a reference/recommendation from an employer/support in TV explaining why you are a suitable candidate and why you would benefit from this programme.

In order to apply you should meet the following criteria:

  • You must have a minimum of six-to-nine months solid TV experience of working as a runner, production secretary, production coordinator or production management assistant or three production credits.
  • You must love unscripted TV and consume screen content on a regular basis and know a 'must-watch' versus a 'binge-watch.'
  • You must want to pursue a career specifically in production management in unscripted television. This is not an opportunity work in scripted television or to develop an editorial career as a researcher, assistant producer or producer-director.
  • You must have proven organisational, team working and scheduling skills, please outline this experience in your application.
  • You must be able to attend all eight days of training.
  • You must be able to attend training online.
  • You must be able to work on a three month (paid) placement in or around Bristol and Cardiff.
  • You must have the right to work in the UK.
  • You can pay the £150 fee or intend to apply for a bursary
  • You are able to attend an interview online the week commencing 08th of February 2021

This programme is supported by the ScreenSkills Television Skills Fund which invests in training for the freelance television workforce thanks to contributions from the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

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