New unscripted TV programmes announced

The newly formed Unscripted TV Skills Fund has announced a suite of new programmes to address industry skill shortages.

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The newly formed Unscripted TV Skills Fund has announced a suite of new programmes to address industry skill shortages.

Sarah Joyce, ScreenSkills’ Head of Unscripted and Children’s TV, said: “We are delighted to be announcing the first training programmes funded by the new Unscripted TV Skills Fund. From our ongoing industry consultation and research, we know just how urgent skills needs are in these areas and therefore how vital interventions like these will be to the continued growth and vitality of the Unscripted TV sector across the UK.”  

The seven new training programmes are aimed at those already working within the industry as well as people looking to make their first steps into the world of unscripted TV. All training programmes will be listed in the ScreenSkills training and opportunities directory. The programmes which are open now include:

  • Production Coordinator – Production management offers an exciting career path in TV and high levels of employability. The production coordinator holds a dynamic and challenging role which requires key skills and industry training. This interactive programme, including an industry paid placement and mentoring, covers key areas, from setting up shoots and creating call sheets to copyright clearances and managing teams, that will help develop your career in production management for unscripted TV.
    Apply for: Cardiff, Bristol, London, Manchester, Glasgow, Leeds, and Belfast
  • Development Researcher - A training course to develop the next group of development researcher talent from across the breadth of the UK and ensure a pipeline of diverse, skilled and trained development researchers is created to work in unscripted TV.
    Apply for: Birmingham, Glasgow, Bristol, and Brighton
  • Production Secretary – Funded by the TV Skills Fund, this is an opportunity for those new to the industry, or with transferable skills, to begin their career in production management for unscripted TV. The training programme will offer bespoke training, an industry paid placement and networking opportunities. Apply now
  • Edit Assistant - Exploring the complex and fast-moving post-production pipeline through the lens of the edit assistant and technical operator roles. The training will build technical, creative, professional and personal skills for those interested in stepping up, those with transferable skills and new entrants with a demonstrable interest in this area. Apply now
  • Producer - A programme funded by the TV Skills Fund for industry talent working at A/P, P/D or producer level working in any genre of unscripted TV, who are ready and wanting to learn how to brilliantly manage teams. The training will give people the missing links in their personal and professional skills and knowledge which are holding them back from being able to take on more challenging projects with confidence. The course will build a cohort of producers who understood and adopt good management practices, who know how to communicate effectively and create a healthy work culture. Apply now 

Coming soon:

  • Researcher to Shooting AP - Making the step up to being a confident and competent shooting AP requires a developed editorial sensibility as well as strong technical knowledge. Taught by award-winning filmmakers, this course will provide highly practical face-to-face training. It will be delivered across the UK, in the key unscripted production hubs outside London – and supplemented with online sessions (legal and compliance, working on location, career development) and mentoring. Trainees will learn how to set up and operate current broadcast cameras (FS7s), principles of shooting, building sequences so their shots work in the edit, and the grammar of filmmaking. Register interest 
  • Shooting PD - The programme aims to empower newcomers to self-shooting to film and direct with confidence, while also addressing skills gaps within the existing self-shooting community. Apply now for London, Bristol, Belfast, Manchester and Glasgow.
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