High-end TV Skills Fund: NI standby prop trainee programme

The HETV Skills Fund is looking for a training provider or organisation who can design and run a Northern Ireland Standby Prop Trainee programme offering basic training to four people with the relevant transferable skills to join a props team.

At the end of the training, ScreenSkills will endeavour to source subsidised 20-week High End TV standby prop trainee placements in Northern Ireland for a maximum of two members of the cohort

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 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 the diversity challenges facing the industry.

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

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.
  • co-brand the programme with ScreenSkills to ensure that stakeholders know the training is funded by the ScreenSkills HETV 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. Usually, this happens at application stage, but it is the trainer’s responsibility to ensure that all participants complete their 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 and contact data is supplied to ScreenSkills.

Key requirements

The training provider or organisation must set up, manage, market, recruit and deliver a training programme for entry-level standby prop trainees new to the high-end TV industry, providing them with cultural context and practical skills to allow them to contribute effectively to the everyday work of a props team.

The emphasis of the training sessions should include:

  • Setiquette training
  • Health and safety training
  • Education in the roles of people in the design and props teams
  • A briefing for the professional standby prop who will have trainees placed with them, outlining expectations for both the professional and the trainee.


The trainer should ensure that all candidates complete the relevant free e-learning industry modules as provided on the ScreenSkills website, including Getting Started in the Screen Industry, Work Well, Tacking Bullying and Harassment and Mental Health Awareness.

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 props management on set. The training provider will support the HETV team to source placements where possible

Not every trainee selected for the programme will receive a subsidised placement. The training provider, in partnership with the ScreenSkills HETV team will support additional trainees in identifying opportunities within other HETV design teams

Following the training, the training provider will produce alumnae profiles to help the ScreenSkills HETV team secure placements for the participants on high end television productions.


Placement funding of £600 a week for 20 weeks for 2 trainees totals £24,000

Participant inclusivity aims

The training should be for people who may have backgrounds in theatre, events, art, design, architecture, interiors, retail, engineering or craft professions. The training should be for a total of four people 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 follow 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.

Providing access to diverse crew and talent is key to our delivery objectives. All training providers and companies delivering programmes that are funded by the High-end TV Skills Fund must meet the identified diversity aims and will need to demonstrate how they plan to reach 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 in order to agree to any revised aims. If any aims have not been achieved at the end of the programme, providers must show robust evidence of why an aim has not been met. Failure to do so will put the project at risk of loss of funding.

ScreenSkills will need to sign off the composition of the 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 £32,000 which comprises £8,000 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 will be welcome.


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 on 22 August 2022.

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