High-end TV programmes for new entrants

The High-end TV Skills Fund supports programmes, such as Trainee Finder and our in-house production runner programme helping to boost the pipeline of fresh talent and skills. 

The fund is investing in training that has been identified as a priority by the high-end TV industry through our research and by employers on the High-end TV Skills Council and industry working groups.

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ScreenSkills high-end TV schemes for new entrants

High-end TV Trainee Finder
This is an entry-level placement scheme which matches trainees with high-end TV productions to offer new industry professionals proper on-the-job experience and to ensure a continued supply of talent. 

To be eligible to receive trainees from Trainee Finder, productions must have agreed to contribute to the High-end TV Skills Fund. Taking trainees through Trainee Finder enables productions to claim back £300 per week of trainee’s salary for up to 40 weeks (ScreenSkills suggest that this support is spread across up to three trainees, i.e three x 13 weeks). This is a change from previous years, so in order to find out more about this new process please click the following links to download the High-end TV Trainee Finder FAQs for productions (PDF) and the 2018-19 New Look, New Talent Trainee Finder guidelines for productions (PDF).

Productions are sent CVs and the details of those trainees who have been accepted on the Trainee Finder scheme and confirm dates, role and pay with each trainee. Once these factors are agreed productions inform the ScreenSkills Trainee Finder team, who issue a contract.

The appointed supervisor and trainee will agree to a training plan which benchmarks the trainee's skills and learning objectives throughout their time on the production which at the end will show how far the trainee has progressed. Subsequent opportunities for the trainee on their next production will build on these achievements and address skills gaps and further required learning to help them develop in their chose trainee role.

For more details about taking on a Trainee Finder trainee, please visit the Trainee Finder page. If you are a new entrant looking to apply to the Trainee Finder scheme, please visit the become a trainee page. Trainee Finder is currently closed for applications. Recruitment will begin again in late 2019.

In-house production runners programme
This programme provides up to six months of paid work placement experience for runners within a high-end TV production company. It was designed to give new entrants a chance to kick-start their career into High-end TV drama. The High-end TV Skills Fund will support 50% of the runners' salary, plus a contribution towards accommodation costs, for individuals who would otherwise struggle to break into the industry.

Fund-contributing production companies who would like to take advantage of this programme should contact Michelle James at: michelle.james@screenskills.com.

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