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.

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The Children's TV Skills Fund invests in a range of skills support and funding for training:

  • For production companies to help develop their workforces
  • For individuals to begin, grow or advance their careers in children's TV

Training and support programmes are delivered both in-house and externally by industry-recognised training providers.

Children's TV Make a Move

Funding is available to enable those production companies which contribute to the Children’s TV Skills Fund to provide ambitious in-house training. Applications can be submitted to support training needed for an active production or for the skills development of your staff/business.

Funding is available towards the cost of employing and training individuals identified by productions as ready to move up into a more senior role with a little support. The aim is that by the end of the training the individual will already be in, or able to apply for, their next job at the next grade up.

Examples include a location assistant moving up to location manager, make-up artist to make-up supervisor, production co-ordinator to production manager or a 2nd AD taking the step up to 1st AD.

The scheme covers all departments on a production

  • Individuals on Make a Move are not trainees, but part of a scheme to encourage and promote professional development
  • Those put forward for the scheme need to be a professional who is deemed ready to move up to their next career grade
  • 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.

How much funding is available?
Fund-contributing productions can apply for up to £10,000 per production. This is match-funded with investment from the production/company. In-kind contributions are acceptable as match funding.

What can be funded?
The funding is flexible and can be used to cover:

  • Salaries
  • Travel and accommodation expenses
  • Mentoring
  • Shadowing
  • Attending short courses

Funding can be used to support one or more people on the production across any department.

What can’t be funded?

  • We are unable to fund retrospective claims. Apply in good time to allow us to process the associated paperwork
  • We are unable to fund individuals who are already working within the grade they are about to move up to unless there is a robust case that the ‘moving up’ will mean they are working differently
  • Individuals can only participate in Make a Move after being put forward by their employer.

To find out more and apply visit the Children's TV Make a Move opportunity page.

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.

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.

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.

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, TV associate, 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