High-end TV Skills Fund: Northern Ireland: Step-up to script supervisor​​

The HETV Skills Fund is looking for a training provider or organisation who can design and deliver a Step-up to script supervisor programme in Northern Ireland for six (6) trainee/assistant HETV script supervisors to help them build up the necessary skill and techniques to work on set effectively.  

At the end of the training, ScreenSkills HETV Skills team will endeavour to source fully funded placements for two (2) step-up candidates for up to 10 weeks each on HETV productions in Northern Ireland.  

Key requirements

The training provider or organisation must set up, manage, market, recruit and deliver a training programme for Northern Ireland trainee/assistant script supervisors and any suitable transfer candidates - people who are meticulous about continuity detail and who are talented in multi-tasking would be excellent candidates for this role in HETV.   

The HETV Skills Fund is interested in hearing interpretations of how this programme can be best delivered.  

The emphasis of the sessions should be on the skills necessary to flourish in a long-term career as an HETV script supervisor and should include: 

  • a pre-application webinar to inform interested people about the role of script supervisor, the requirements for selection for the course, and the focus, format and timing of the training
  • a hands-on introduction to SyncOnSet, Scriptation or similar  
  • an overview of the role of all members of the script supervisor team and tips on the responsibilities of the script supervisor on all aspects of continuity
  • navigation of script supervisor workflow and how it intersects with other crew workflows 
  • producing daily reports 
  • an exploration of the relationship between the script supervisor and departments including production, director, camera, HMU and costume with specific tips on giving and receiving feedback and managing communications 
  • an examination of the script supervisor’s role during prep and at read through and tips for managing relationships with executive producers 
  • advice on enhancing cvs and networking for all candidates who do not secure a placement. 

Following the training, the training provider will produce an alumni booklet of candidates to help the ScreenSkills HETV team find two (2) funded shadowing placements for the participants on high end television productions.  These funds will be managed by ScreenSkills and are separate from the contract between ScreenSkills and the training provider. The training provider will be responsible for supporting the HETV team source placements where possible.  

Who can apply?

We are welcoming applications from training providers and organisations who have a proven track record of delivering successful industry standard training projects.   

The provider will need to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of high-end TV 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. 

ScreenSkills particularly welcomes applications from providers based in Northern Ireland including partnerships between organisations and/or in partnership with freelancers who have had a career in HETV script supervision in Northern Ireland who could deliver some elements of the training. 

Training providers 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) to ensure that it is accessible to a diverse audience, 
    • 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), 
  • ensure that the delegates complete the ScreenSkills end of initiative survey at the end of the training.  
  • develop a clear structure for the training, ensuring that it is outcome focused. 
  • discuss and agree with those taking part in the programme that they will provide feedback on the training if requested which could include providing ScreenSkills with a quote on their experience on the training.   

Diversity and inclusion aims

In addition to the requirements above, the programme must follow ScreenSkills’ HETV diversity aims: 

  • 50% Woman  
  • 20% Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority 
  • 10% Disabled  
  • 10% LGBTQ+  

We also expect 100% of participants to be based in Northern Ireland. 

ScreenSkills aims to go beyond legal diversity requirements and considers additional measures of inclusivity, including: 

  • employment status 
  • whether a person is returning to work following leave 
  • geographical location (including representation of nations and regions) 
  • socio-economic background. 

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

ScreenSkills will need to sign off the participant cohort before places are allocated. 

We require all Skills Fund-funded programme participants to set up a ScreenSkills profile via our website which allows us to gather data and track beneficiaries.  

It is the trainer’s responsibility to ensure that all participants complete their profile and diversity data before the training begins.  

How to apply

At this stage we are requesting an expression of interest. Training providers and organisations will be asked to provide a one-page document outlining the key aspects of the delivery plan, how the key requirements of the programme will be met, information about the company and the providers capacity to deliver the programme. 

We are looking for bids up to £20k which includes, marketing/recruitment, delivery, management and training costs including post-programme mentoring. Placements and their funding should not form part of the bid, although the training provider’s support in securing placements will be welcomed by ScreenSkills. 

Bids that can demonstrate funding match to maximise the budget will be welcome.  

All expressions of interest should be sent directly to Liz Barron, Northern Ireland Training and Workforce Liaison Manager via the 'register interest' button below by Monday 12 June at 12 noon.

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