High-end TV and Film: Second AD programme

HETV (supported by the HETV Skills Fund) and Film (supported by ScreenSkills as part of the BFI Future Film Skills programme using funds from the National Lottery) are looking for a training provider who can design, recruit and deliver a programme covering all aspects of the role of 2nd AD to include crowd seconding.

The programme should be delivered as online training for 60 people in six groups of 10 people each.  

Who can apply?

We are welcoming applications from training providers and organisations who have a proven track record of delivering successful industry standard training projects.

The provider will need to demonstrate their understanding of high-end TV and film training requirements, including the diversity challenges facing the industry and must clearly demonstrate that they have the resources to track the career progression of participants beyond the life of the programme.

ScreenSkills particularly welcomes applications from providers based in the UK nations and regions, including partnerships between organisations and or in partnership with freelancers who have had a career as 2nd ADs.

Training providers must:

  • demonstrate evidence of appropriate, recent engagement in the design and delivery of sector relevant programmes.
  • meet critical diversity targets as outlined in this tender, including:
    • making reasonable adjustments to the training (whether face-to-face, content or online) to ensure that it is accessible to a diverse audience,
    • having an equality policy in place as an employer,
    • having a monitoring system in place to track the diversity of the delegates, see this guide,
    • providing diversity and inclusivity training to facilitators – (see free ACAS online training),
  • gather long-term destination data from the delegates to prove impact of training utilising the ScreenSkills monitoring questionnaire.
  • develop a clear structure for the training, ensuring that it is outcome focused.
  • discuss and agree with those taking part in the programme that they will provide feedback on the training if requested which would include providing ScreenSkills with a quote on their experience on the training.  

Key requirements

The training provider or organisation must design, manage, market, recruit and deliver a training programme that includes:

  • Marketing the programme UK-wide to the appropriate audiences including a robust outreach plan
  • An in depth understanding of the role of 2nd AD
  • A better understanding of scheduling and the implications it has on the production process
  • Crowd seconding

The training should take place as a minimum of 2 x 4-hour sessions per group, delivered remotely on weekends.

HETV and Film are interested in hearing interpretations of how this programme can be best delivered to reach a wide audience and how the training will be effective in developing 2nd ADs in film and HETV.

Participant targets

The training should be for 60 people in groups of 10 who are ready to transition into the role of 2nd AD in film and high-end television.

Following the training, the training provider will produce an alumni booklet of candidates who have completed the course to circulate to the industry.

ScreenSkills’ minimum diversity targets

In addition to the requirements above, the programme must follow ScreenSkills’ diversity targets:

  • 50% woman (gender target)
  • 20% PoC
  • 10% Disability (disability target)
  • 10% LGBT (sexual orientation and gender identity target).

We also expect 50% of participants to be based in the nations and regions.

ScreenSkills aims to go beyond legal diversity requirements and considers additional measures of inclusivity, including:

  • employment status
  • whether a person is returning to work following leave
  • geographical location (including representation of nations and regions)
  • socio-economic background.

Providing access to diverse crew and talent is key to our delivery objectives. All trainers and companies delivering programmes that are funded by the High-end TV and Film Skills Fund must meet the identified diversity requirements and will need to demonstrate how they plan to reach these targets at the start-up meeting. If a training provider is struggling to meet their diversity and inclusion targets during recruitment, this must be communicated in writing in order to agree to any revised targets. If any targets have not been achieved at the end of the programme, training providers must show robust evidence of why a target has not been met. Failure to do so will put the project at risk of loss of funding.

We require all Skills Fund-funded programme participants to set up a ScreenSkills profile via our website and to provide diversity data at this point. Participants must complete their profile and diversity data before the training begins.     

How to apply

At this stage we are requesting an expression of interest. Training providers and organisations will be asked to provide a one-page document outlining the key aspects of the delivery plan, how the key requirements of the programme will be met, information about the company and the providers capacity to deliver training.

We are looking for bids of up to £50,000 for the delivery of training and management costs.

Bids that can demonstrate funding match to maximise the budget will be welcome.


All expressions of interest should be sent directly to Senior High-end TV Training Liaison Manager Jacqui Taunton Fenton via the 'register interest' button below by 18 August 2022.

If you are successful in being shortlisted, you will be required to submit an online application form and a budget.