Opportunities for children’s TV professionals in 2019-20

The Children’s TV Skills Fund has invested more than £500,000 in skills training since its creation in 2015. In 2019-20, we will continue to fund an array of opportunities for professionals at all careers stages in children’s TV.

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Trainee Finder
We have enhanced our offer for productions that take on trainees through our flagship Trainee Finder scheme. Eligible productions will be able to access trainees from a pool of around 120 candidates from across the UK. This year we have added sound trainees to our recruits, which means that nine departments are covered by the programme:

  • Art
  • Camera
  • Costume
  • Edit
  • Floor runner
  • Hair and make-up
  • Locations
  • Production office
  • Sound

Children’s TV productions can now offer placements to three trainees for a maximum of 12 weeks each. The Children’s TV Skills Fund will contribute £250 per week towards each trainee’s salary. Productions that make factual programmes for children rather than drama, who would like to take on trainees, are welcome to contact TV associate Sarah Joyce to see how we can help.

Without ScreenSkills I don’t believe I would have had the consistent work experiences I have had. It’s been through meeting people on placements that I’ve received other jobs.

Trainee Finder trainee Vicki Mohan

Make a Move
This scheme encourages on-the-job career development for any role in children’s TV. We have two Make a Move funds, one for production management roles and one for all other departments. If you are an employer and know of a talented individual who is ready to step up with some support, the Children’s TV Skills Fund may be able to contribute up to £10,000 towards their training.

Working with the trainees has been of huge benefit both to the trainees and to the company. In fact, several of the people we have worked with have gone on to work longer term at Drummer and all have gone on to work within the industry.

- Rachel Drummond-Hay, executive producer at Drummer TV

In 2019-20, the Children’s TV Skills Fund will – for the first time – offer bursaries to enable professionals to attend short courses that will help them develop their skills and progress in their careers. More information on this will follow shortly.

Get the Knowledge
The Children’s TV Skills Council worked with Grand Scheme Media to develop Get the Knowledge, a practical course on how to make great programmes for – and with – children. The two-day workshop has received some rave reviews from this year’s attendees so we are pleased to fund it again in 2019-20.

Tackling skills shortage and collaboration with the High-end TV Skills Fund
The Children’s TV Council continues its partnership with high-end TV to enable individuals working in children’s TV to access training in a variety of job roles where shortages have been identified across both sectors, including line producers, accountants and leadership and management training for heads of department.

The Council is also working with ScreenSkills to identify solutions to tackle other skills shortages specific to children’s TV.

Keep an eye on our website and future newsletters for more details on upcoming opportunities.  

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