The High-end TV Skills Fund supports programmes, such as Trainee Finder and inclusion programmes such as First Break and Fast Track 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.
High-end TV Trainee Finder
Trainee Finder 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 visit the support a trainee page to find details and FAQs.
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 and to apply for a trainee, please contact Stephanie De La Paz.
First Break launched in 2019 with the ambition to de-mystify entry into jobs behind the camera in television for individuals from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The programme provides successful applicants a taste of working behind the camera across the production process. The first edition of the programme was delivered in partnership with ITV and Tiger Aspect.
If you are interested in partnering with ScreenSkills in future iterations of First Break, please contact Nicky Ball.
Fast Track - a three-year high-end TV inclusion programme which launches in 2021 - offers support to mid-level crew who are progressing to the role of head of department or any other leadership role. The programme is committed to providing support to individuals of a diverse range of backgrounds from across the UK.
For more information about Fast Track, please contact Leanne Fairbrother.
In-house Runner Programme
ScreenSkills’ support enabled high-end television production companies to hire a runner who hasn’t been in higher education or has not received a similar opportunity before in order to gain work experience.
The runners pool was made up of individuals from across the UK. Read more about how the programme helped Soph Webberley and Marcellino Hockner.
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