Career development

Outlaw King, Netflix

There are a range of schemes aimed at helping the career progression of people already working in the UK's screen industries. Some are run by ScreenSkills, others by third-party training bodies, with support from the High-end TV Skills Fund (also known as the high-end TV levy), Film Skills Fund, Television Skills Fund or Children's TV Skills Fund.

Whether you need help with funding the next step in your training, mentorship for your scriptwriting, or you are an experienced professional who needs that tiny push to step-up to the next level on the industry ladder, read on for a list of schemes and programmes to help develop your career.

Career development for high-end TV

Skills Passport
Skills Passport is a simple online tool designed to help TV professionals navigate the spectrum of short courses available to them. This is not an accreditation scheme, but rather identifies great short relevant courses and how they could benefit you and your career in the long run. Currently, Skills Passport is listing high-end TV courses, general screen skills for all and Production Safety Passport courses. 

ScreenSkills provides bursaries of up to £1,000 towards the cost of all Skills Passport courses. To browse courses visit the Skills Passport directory.

Make a Move
Make a Move is designed to support on-the-job training for people identified by productions as ready to move up into a more senior role with some support. Funding is available to subsidise the cost of employing and training individuals for higher grades, with the aim that at the end of the training the individual is already in, or is able to apply for, a job at the next grade up. Examples of potential 'moves up' could be a location assistant moving up to unit manager, make-up artist to make-up supervisor, or production secretary to production coordinator. The scheme covers all departments on a production. 

Both High-end TV drama productions that pay into the High-end TV Skills Fund and children's live-action TV productions that pay the Children's TV Skills Fund can apply for funding. This can be used to support one or more people on the production to Make a Move. The funding is flexible and can be used to cover salaries, travel and accommodation expenses, mentoring or attendance at training courses. Individuals on Make a Move are not trainees, but part of a scheme to encourage and promote professional development.

Individuals can only participate in Make a Move after being put forward by their employer. The candidate can be a completely new person to the selected team and department or an individual that has already worked with the team. For more information or to apply to the scheme click here.

Leadership and management training for heads of departments
This is a rolling free leadership and management course for heads of departments on productions contributing to the High-end TV Skills Fund. To find out more and book a place for your HoDs please click here.

Colourist and quality control courses from Image Eyes, October 2018
Two-day courses from Image Eyes covering post-production processes in high-end TV. To find dates and locations of these courses please click here.

Career development for television

BBC Academy Digital Cities
Digital Cities is an exciting week-long series of free workshops, masterclasses and networking events for the screen industries running in key creative hubs across the UK.  Delivered by the BBC Academy, with a wide range of key local stakeholders, each event is tailored to the profile of each city.
Digital Cities is running in the North East between 15-19 October 2018.

Career development in animation

Productions that contribute to the Animation Skills Fund can access up to £10,000 to support the development of those working on active productions, or for the development of their staff or business. Training can be at any level, from trainee to head of department and may include:

  • new entrant training and mentoring
  • shadowing, mentoring or ‘stepping up’ programmes
  • professional development of employees and freelancers
  • external training programmes

To apply for funding please email:


ScreenSkills also funds bursaries of up to £1,000 for individuals working in the UK screen industry to fund training courses and help them progress and retain skills. For more information, please visit the bursaries page.