High-end TV Skills Fund: NI accountant transfer programme

The HETV Skills Fund is looking for a training provider or organisation who can design and run a Northern Ireland accountant transfer programme for six accountants, each with around five years’ experience outside the screen industries. At the end of the training, ScreenSkills will endeavour to source subsidised 10-week production accounts team placements for four (of six) accountants on high-end TV productions (paying into the HETV skills fund) in Northern Ireland.

Who can apply?

We seek applications from training providers and organisations who have a proven track record of delivering successful industry standard training projects from design to evaluation and who can demonstrate an ability to promote their programme, recruit candidates and manage logistics within Northern Ireland.

The provider will need to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of high-end TV training requirements, including inclusivity opportunities and diversity requirements in Northern Ireland.

ScreenSkills particularly welcomes applications from providers based in Northern Ireland, but all UK providers are welcome. ScreenSkills values partnerships between organisations and/or with freelancers who have had a career in production accountancy.

Training providers must:

  • demonstrate evidence of appropriate, recent engagement with the High-End TV industry in the design and delivery of the programme.
  • meet critical diversity aims as outlined in this tender, including:
    •  compliance with relevant Fair Employment law (Fair Employment and Treatment (NI) Order 1998)
    • having all applicants of the programme, who are based in Northern Ireland, fill out a Fair Employment Monitoring Questionnaire, and collect the data relating to their community background and sex,
    • 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, plus LRA guidance on recruitment in Northern Ireland )
  • develop a clear structure for the training, ensuring that it is outcome focused.
  • outline a plan to provide timely on-the-job support to trainees during their placement.
  • co-brand the programme with ScreenSkills to ensure that stakeholders know the training is funded by the ScreenSkills HETV Skills Fund.
  • We require all Skills Fund-funded programme participants to set up a ScreenSkills profile via our website which allows us to gather data and track beneficiaries. It is the trainer’s responsibility to ensure that all participants selected for the programme have completed their ScreenSkills profile and diversity data before the training begins.
  • ensure that the delegates complete the end of initiative survey at the end of the training, ensuring their feedback is supplied to ScreenSkills.

Key requirements

The training provider or organisation must set up, market, recruit, manage and deliver a training programme for 6 accountants with 5 years’ experience outside the TV industry, providing them with cultural context and practical production office skills to allow them to contribute effectively to the everyday work of a high-end TV production accounts team.

These sessions must include an introduction to transferring accounts skills into a career in production accounting and an introduction to artist and crew payroll.

The training should cover the key duties expected for junior level accountants, cashiers and trainees and should include accounting practices and procedures unique to high-end television production including: simultaneous cost-tracking of consecutive episodes at prep, shoot and post-production stages, cost-reporting, an overview of the various budgeting systems used by industry including amort and pattern budgeting, using patterns to create episode budgets, the accounting systems used by different broadcasters and running payroll for HETV drama.

The trainer is welcome to include existing ScreenSkills e-learning modules within course design, recommending them to participants as necessary. The HETV Skills Fund is open to all programme designs likely to reach and engage the intended audience and effectively equip those trained to contribute to production accounts teams. The training provider will support the ScreenSkills HETV team to source placements where possible.

Following the training, the training provider will produce six alumni profiles to help the ScreenSkills HETV team secure placements for four participants on high-end television productions. The ScreenSkills HETV Fund will provide funding of £600 a week for a maximum of 10 weeks for four trainees totalling £24,000.

Not every trainee selected for the training will secure a subsidised placement. The training provider, in partnership with the ScreenSkills HETV team, will signpost opportunities within other HETV production accounts teams to trainees who do not secure a subsidised placement.

Participant inclusivity aims

The training should be for a total of six accountants from or working in Northern Ireland (all applicants must provide proof of their right to work in the United Kingdom).

As an equal opportunities provider you will ensure that participants from all backgrounds are provided with the same opportunities in Northern Ireland.

Diversity and inclusion

In addition to the requirements above, the programme must sit within ScreenSkills’ HETV diversity aims:

  • 50% Woman
  • 20% Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority
  • 10% Disabled
  • 10% LGBTQ+

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
  • socio-economic background.

Trainers will need to demonstrate how they plan to deliver against these aims at the start-up meeting. If a provider is struggling to meet their diversity and inclusion aims during recruitment, this must be communicated in writing. If any aims have not been achieved at the end of the programme, providers must show robust evidence why not. Failure to do so will put the project at risk of loss of funding.

ScreenSkills will need to sign off the composition and calibre of the shortlisted cohort before places are confirmed with participants.

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 provider’s capacity to deliver the programme.

We are looking for bids up to £35,000 which comprises £11,000 for recruitment, delivery, management and training costs plus £24,000 to support placement delivery. Sourcing of placements will be delivered by the ScreenSkills HETV team with support from the contracted training provider. Bids that can demonstrate funding match to maximise the budget and participants trained will be welcome.

Deadlines

All expressions of interest should be sent directly to Training and Liaison Manager Northern Ireland Liz Barron via the 'register interest' button below by COB 22 August 2022.

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