High-end TV Skills Fund: high-end TV job share programme

ScreenSkills invites training providers or industry professionals to tender for a programme designed to address skills shortages and gaps and to help build a more inclusive workforce in High-end TV.

Training for the UK High-end TV industry is supported by the ScreenSkills High-end TV Skills Fund (with contributions from productions companies, broadcasters and SVoDs in the UK).

The High-end TV Skills Fund is looking for an organisation or individual/s who can manage and support a job share programme for a minimum of twenty-eight professionals wanting to job share on High-end TV productions. The training provider will work with HETV skills team to secure job share placements on productions contributing to the skills fund and lead on the management and support of the pairs with the production companies.

Who can apply?

ScreenSkills welcomes applications from individuals, partnerships or organisations that have a proven track record of delivering successful industry-standard training projects. We particularly welcome applications from providers based in the UK nations and regions, including partnerships between organisations and/or in partnership with freelancers who have had a career in high-end television production.

The successful applicant will need to demonstrate their understanding of HETV training requirements, including the diversity challenges facing the industry and must clearly demonstrate that they have the resources to track the career progression of participants beyond the life of the programme.

Applicants must:

  • demonstrate evidence of appropriate, recent engagement with the industry in the design and delivery of the programme
  • meet critical diversity targets as outlined in this tender, including:
    • making reasonable adjustments to the training (whether face-to-face, content or online and including during the application process) to make it accessible to a diverse audience – we will ask for evidence of your approach and implementation
    • having an equality policy in place as an employer
    • having a monitoring system in place to track the diversity of the delegates, see this guide
    • providing diversity and inclusivity training to facilitators – (see free ACAS online training).
  • gather long-term destination data from the delegates to prove impact of training utilising the ScreenSkills monitoring questionnaire.
  • develop a clear structure for the training, ensuring that it is outcome focused.

Key requirements

The applicant must manage and support a minimum of twenty-eight job share pairs. 

This would include:

  • working with the HETV skills team to engage with production companies/ productions willing to support a job share pair,
  • advising production companies how to navigate and support a job share pair effectively,
  • training and supporting the participants on structuring and building a successful job-sharing relationship,
  • providing ongoing support either online or face to face during the duration of the job share for the job share pairs and for the production,
  • on wrap, providing bespoke career advice and signposting,
  • working with the ScreenSkills HETV team to track enquiries for job share pairs, their progression whilst working and wrapping up placements and paperwork.

Participant aims

The following are the minimum diversity targets for this programme:

  • At least 50% of beneficiaries based outside London
  • 20% minority ethnic (ethnicity aim)
  • 50% women (gender aim)
  • 10% disability (disability aim)
  • 10% LGBT (sexual orientation and gender identity aim)

Providing access to diverse crew and talent is key to our delivery objectives. All trainers and companies delivering programmes that are funded by the High-end TV Skills Fund must meet the identified diversity requirements and will need to demonstrate how they plan to reach these targets at the start-up meeting. If a training provider is struggling to meet their diversity and inclusion targets during recruitment, this must be communicated in writing in order to agree to any revised targets. If any targets have not been achieved at the end of the programme, training providers must show robust evidence of why a target has not been met. Failure to do so will put the project at risk of loss of funding.

We require all Skills funded programme participants to set up a ScreenSkills profile via our website which allows us to gather data and track beneficiaries. Participants must complete their profile and diversity data before the training begins.      

How to apply

At this stage we are requesting an expression of interest. Please complete this brief document outlining the key aspects of the proposed programme, how the key requirements of the training sessions will be met, information about the company and the provider’s capacity to deliver training.

If you have access requirements and would like an alternative way to submit your application or would like any support in completing the expression of interest form, please email jacqui.tauntonfenton@screenskills.com.

How much can you apply for?

We are looking for bids of up to £35,000 for the management of the programme and pastoral care.

(£215,000 would be ringfenced for salary support for a sixth day cross over for the job shares pairs and would be managed directly by the HETV team).

All our funds are treated as grants and therefore are not applicable for VAT.


Please save your completed form with this naming convention: ‘EOI – HETV Job Share programme - [Trainer/Training Company]’.

Then send your completed form to jacqui.tauntonfenton@screenskills.com with the same naming convention in the subject line by 2 April 2024.

If you are successful in being shortlisted, you will be required to submit an online application form and a budget.

Other Useful Information

If you progress to full application, we will expect you to detail your plans for ensuring the programme and application process are accessible including, but not limited to, alternative application formats, marketing and the delivery of training.

As part of accessibility, we expect your budget to include a reasonable bursary allocation for delegates who risk being excluded due to costs including, but not limited to, travel and caring responsibilities.

If you intend to include a charge to the delegates for the training, we will also expect your budget to include a reasonable bursary allocation (in line with the social inclusion target) to ensure no potential applicants are deterred.

Please ensure that, where applicable, costs are shown in your budget inclusive of VAT. This also applies to any delegates fees you may charge.

If you intend to collect applications through your own website (rather than through ScreenSkills), we will expect assurances of your understanding of and compliance with GDPR.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of this tender, or your proposal, before submitting your Expression of Interest, please contact jacqui.tauntonfenton@screenskills.com