Make a Move - high-end TV

Make a Move is a programme that encourages the on-the-job training of crew members identified by the production as ready to move up into a more senior role.

Make a Move - high-end TV
Image: The Girl Before ©BBC 42 Productions

Productions that contribute to the High-end TV Skills Fund can apply for up to £15,000 of funding to help an individual step up. For productions contributing £100,000, this is up to £25,000 per production. At the end of their training, the professional will be in, or able to apply for in the new grade they in which they have been working.

  • Productions are eligible for £15,000 if funding is used to help multiple people step up or if the individual receiving training is stepping up to being a producer, line producer or head of department
  • Productions are eligible for £10,000 per individual if they support only one individual’s step up in any other job role.

For more information, please contact Jen Rooks.

Example of ‘moves’ could be a production coordinator moving up to a production manager or someone moving from unscripted TV to high-end TV.

Make a Move can apply to any job grade other than that of a trainee. This year we prioritise supporting professionals working in grades in the following skill shortage areas:

  • Production accountant
  • Line producer
  • Production coordinator
  • First assistant director
  • Production manager
  • Production secretary

“ScreenSkills is so crucial and such an important resource. Any time I’m asked about entering the industry I always recommend ScreenSkills. This is such a difficult industry to break into – without ScreenSkills I don’t know how I would have made it.”

Assistant editor Holly Bourdillon on her Make a Move experience

Make a Move funding can be used for:

  • Short courses
  • Mentoring
  • Travel and accommodation expenses
  • Shadowing
  • Salary​​​

​Make a Move funding can’t be used for:

  • Retrospective claims. Please apply for funding before your prospective candidates join your team to allow us at least two weeks to process the associated paperwork.
  • Individuals who are already working within the grade they are moving up to, unless there is a robust case that the step up will mean that they are working differently (ie moving from factual or continuing drama).
  • Individuals who have been supported by Make a Move in the last two years.
Avneet Chauhan

“When I’m struggling or if I know someone from the team is struggling I can go to Joel (mentor) for advice on how to manage it, and also if there’s an aspect of my job I’m confused about, he’s like, ‘Here’s how you do it’.”
Avneet Chauhan, production coordinator, on having a mentor through the Make a Move programme.

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