High-end TV Skills Fund: Start a career in costume for television

The HETV Skills Fund is looking for a training provider who can design and run a programme for 20 new entrants with no costume training or television and theatre experience but may have just finished college, university or worked in fashion roles outside the screen industries and are keen to explore the possibility of a career in high end television.

At the end of the training, ScreenSkills will endeavour to source funded short shadowing placements for a minimum of 10 people on HETV productions.

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 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 across the whole of the UK including partnerships between organisations and/or in partnership with freelancers who have had a career in costume and could deliver some elements of the training.

The training provider must:

  • demonstrate evidence of appropriate, recent engagement with the industry in the design and delivery of the programme
  • 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)
  • ensure that the delegates complete the end of initiative survey at the end of the training.
  • 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 could 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 for 20 new entrants with no television or theatre experience or formal costume training, but who could have just finished college, university or worked in fashion roles outside the screen industries, and may never have thought that a job in the industry would be an open career path to them but are keen and interested in working in  high end television.

The training must include a comprehensive introduction to production and should cover all the key duties expected of someone starting their career in costume on a high-end drama production. The training must also include modules on how to start a freelancer career in television and key aspects of setiquette expectations

The HETV Skills Fund is interested in hearing interpretations of how this programme can be best delivered to reach a wide audience, focussing on individuals from diverse or socially challenged backgrounds and how the training will be effective in developing new entrants in costume in HETV.

Following the training, the training provider will produce an alumni booklet of candidates to support the ScreenSkills HETV team in finding funded shadowing placements for the participants on high end television productions. The training provider will be responsible for supporting the HETV team in sourcing the placements where possible.

Placement costs: the minimum wage + travel and accommodation for a maximum of 4 weeks.  Wherever possible, two shadow placements will be secured per candidate.

Other opportunities should be signposted by the trainer to those who do not secure a placement.

Participant targets

The training should be for 20 people either out of college, university or those working in fashion roles outside the screen industries, who are keen to explore the possibility of a career in high end television.

The HETV Skills Fund is particularly keen that this training should reach participants nationwide so a robust outreach plan would be required.

Diversity and Inclusion

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

  • 50% woman
  • 20% Black, Asian & Ethnic Minority
  • 10% disabled
  • 10% LGBTQ+
  • 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 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.

ScreenSkills will need to sign off the participant cohort before places are allocated

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 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 training sessions will be met, information about the company and the providers capacity to deliver the programme.

We are looking for bids up to £80K (£20K for delivery of training and management costs and £60K ringfenced for placements @£600 per person x 10 weeks max)


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.