Children's TV programmes for crew and talent

The Children's TV Skills Fund supports a range of programmes and resources to address areas of skills shortages in the UK children's TV industry these are delivered both in-house and externally by industry-recognised training providers.

The focus of investment is for individuals to begin, grow or advance their careers in children's TV and for production companies to help develop their workforces

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Children's TV Make a Move

Funding for on-the-job training for individuals identified by productions as ready to move into a more senior role with a little support. For more information or to apply to the scheme please click here.

Individuals on Make a Move are not trainees, but part of a scheme to encourage and promote professional development.  They can be a completely new person to the team and department or an individual that has already worked with the team on a previous production.

The scheme covers all departments on a production and funding can be used to support one or more people on the production across any department.

Children's TV bursaries

The Children’s TV Skills Fund is offering bursaries to professionals, at all stages of their career, who would like to attend training to develop their skills and increase career opportunities within children’s TV. Individuals can apply for the cost of training as well as other related costs such as travel, accommodation, care and disability access costs.

For more information please visit the bursaries page

Partnership with high-end TV

The growth of big-budget, large scale drama in the UK as a result of the high-end TV tax credit, has had an impact on the availability of crew able to work on children’s TV drama productions; it has also affected how quickly people advance. In recognition of this, ScreenSkills' Children's TV Skills Fund and High-end TV Skills Fund are collaborating to deliver training programmes which professionals working on children’s drama can benefit from. Please contact Sarah Joyce for further information at: sarah.joyce@screenskills.com.

Get the knowledge!

A bespoke course on how to make great programmes for and with children. This practical workshop from Grand Scheme Media was presented by Alison Cresswell, an expert on working with children. The aim of the course is to encourage creativity and understanding in the production of media content for children.

Please note that this training has been paused due to Covid-19. Future training date to follow.

Past schemes supported by the ScreenSkills Children's TV Skills Fund

These are schemes or programmes that ScreenSkills does not directly manage, but that are fully or partly supported by the investment fund. For more information about future dates please contact the providers directly.

Primed and Ready
A course for junior TV camera and sound crew looking to work on children's TV. Participants learn about the professional behaviour required to work with children in a range of production environments including studio and location. The course also provides insight into techniques and equipment, dealing with difficult recording setups, and opportunities for work in the children's sector. 

For more information about the Children's TV Skills Fund and development or training opportunities it supports, please email Sarah Joyce, Head of Unscripted and Children’s TV at: sarah.joyce@screenskills.com. You can also download the information on this page as the ScreenSkills Children's TV Skills Fund booklet as a PDF by clicking the button below