8th August 2019
TV runners and production management assistants will be offered a chance to be fast-tracked to the role of junior production coordinator through a training programme announced today.
The ScreenSkills Production Coordinator Training Programme is designed to address the industry shortage of production coordinators and is targeted at people already working in the TV industry in roles such as assistants and production secretaries.
The initiative is supported by the ScreenSkills TV Skills Fund with contributions from BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5 and will be delivered by the BBC Academy and managed by ScreenSkills ITF. It will run in London, Salford and Glasgow for three cohorts of 15 candidates.
Sarah Joyce, ScreenSkills Head of Non-scripted and Children’s TV, says: “Within the production team, the production coordinator holds a key position which is both challenging and exciting. There is a lot of industry demand for people in the role, which is why the TV Skills Fund is delighted to fund this training programme to attract new talent”
Candidates will participate in a seven-day fast-track programme, delivered by BBC Academy and managed by ScreenSkills ITF. The intensive training week will cover topics including location filming set up, studio set up, budgeting, negotiation skills as well as sessions on leadership and mental health awareness. All training is designed to reflect current industry best practice and prepare all attendees for a three-month paid placement in a production company, arranged by The Televators. Participants will also be matched with an industry mentor for the duration of their traineeship.
Tom Thorpe, post-production coordinator at Sex Education 2 and participant in the 2017 edition of the programme, said: “The programme was the best step towards a successful career in production management that I could have taken. The course gave me a broad and in depth understanding about what is involved in production management and the day to day role of a coordinator.”
Trevor Vergara, Head of Productions at KEO films, said: “Having started my career in the industry through a training programme, I know first-hand how important and necessary these opportunities are to get into and move forward in what is often seen as a closed door industry. ScreenSkills and their partners have the doors wide open, all you have to do is walk on through….”
Nan Whittingham, Director of Production and Programme Management at Channel 5, said: “Production management is the air traffic control of television. It is critical. And I’m pleased the industry has come together to attract new talent into production management and give them the best training possible. Careers in production management are exciting and fulfilling – we need to get out there and make sure we get that message across to those joining TV. Channel 5 is pleased to be joining with the BBC and Channel 4 to fund and support this ScreenSkills programme.”
Applications for the London edition of the programme are open from 7 to 27 August. Interviews will be held on 30 September and 1 October, and the training commences in October. More information about the Salford and Glasgow application process will follow.
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