High-end TV Skills Fund: Training/masterclasses for assistant editors in post

The HETV Skills Fund is looking for a training provider or organisation who can design and run an online course and series of online/ evening seminars and masterclasses for assistant editors and second assistant editors, proficient in the basics of operating Avid, who are looking to step into the role of first assistant editors

The programme could be delivered as a three or four day course to cover the key elements in a bite size approach followed by a series of masterclasses for 100+ people.

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 training 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 post.

Training providers 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 three or four day bite size online course followed by a series of online seminars and masterclasses for 100+ assistant editors or second assistant editors who are proficient in the basics of operating Avid .

The programme should cover industry wide standardisation on how to do the basics properly and should include the following:

  • Ingesting
  • Dailies
  • Managing media
  • Working on shared or cloud storage
  • File naming and bin conventions
  • Using Script Sync
  • Syncing and grouping
  • Liaising with VFX and other departments for supplying shots
  • Creating and uploading review and approval
  • Back up and resilience
  • Exporting sequences/EDL/AAF for conform or sound prep
  • Tracking use of music and archive in preparation for clearances
  • What is deliverable, what is security and what is file naming
  • Soft skills training
  • The different processes between scripted and unscripted and understanding the issues that arise when the different processes are not understood
  • Latest Avid version highlights and shortcuts, tips and tricks.

The programme could be delivered as a three to four day virtual bite size tech course and could be backed up by a series of masterclasses and/or a virtual zoom webinar which could be recorded and reused.

A certificate would be offered to all the participants who complete all aspects of the programme.

Participant targets

The training course should be delivered to 100+ assistant editors as a bite size course followed by masterclasses and/or a virtual webinar.

80% of places on the course should be ringfenced for freelancers and 20% for individuals in staff roles.  

Adequate time should be factored in for the recruitment process. If the 80% quota for freelancers is not met, then further places can be offered to people in staff roles. 

 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 inclusivity aims:

  • 50% woman
  • 20% Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority
  • 10% disabled
  • 10% LGBTQ+
  • 40% 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 £15,000 to create the content and run the online course and masterclasses.


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 21 August 2022.

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