How do I use the skills checklists?

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These skills checklists have been designed to provide information to employers and individuals about the skills, responsibilities and tasks required for a wide range of roles and departments within film and scripted TV productions. These are non-exhaustive lists that can be adapted and tailored to your own requirements, depending on the size, genre or type of company or production you are working in.

Based on the National Occupational Standards, which detail the skills and knowledge required to work in each department, the checklists have been created in close collaboration with production companies, broadcasters, guilds, associations and wider industry experts to make sure the information about each role is correct. You can find out at the bottom of this page who ScreenSkills have consulted with across the different departments.

The skills checklists aim to support the successful hiring and professional skills development of freelancers and employees on film and scripted TV productions.

Please note that these skills checklists are designed to complement the ScreenSkills job profiles, which are used for careers education and to explain the principal job roles and areas of work within different genres and sectors for those unfamiliar with the screen industries.

What information is on the skills checklists?

The skills checklists provide the following information about each job role:

  • Overview of the role: a summary description of the role, its typical responsibilities, and who they work with, both within and outside their own department. This information can help you plan your future progression within a department, or can form part of a job description to inform potential applicants.
  • Core responsibilities: this is a non-exhaustive list of the typical areas of responsibility and related tasks for each role. The exact responsibilities on a particular production or in a particular organisation will vary depending on the scale and budget band. The responsibilities in the checklist will be divided across the main work areas for the role, which will often follow the sequence of prep, shoot, wrap and/or post.
  • Role-specific skills: this section provides a list of the specific skills usually required for each role in order to carry out the responsibilities and tasks. These are usually technical or specialist, for example related to particular equipment or documentation such as contracts.
  • Other/transferable skills: this is a list of transferable, professional or general skills that are typically required in the role, but which are not unique to this occupation – they might be gained and developed in other roles, departments or industries. This information can be particularly useful for a job description if you are interested in opening up a role to applicants from outside the sector; it can also help you identify opportunities for training to develop skills to support both your present and future career.
  • Attributes: this section lists general attributes or behaviours that are beneficial within this role or the surrounding department.

How can I use the skills checklists?

Find out how to get the most out of the skills checklists hub.

Acknowledgements for creation and review of skills checklists

The development of the skills checklists has been supported by:

  • the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery
  • the ScreenSkills High-end TV Skills fund, with contributions from high-end television productions