High-end TV Skills Fund: NI Production Secretary Programme

High-end TV Skills Fund: NI Production Secretary Programme



Are you a talented and driven administration or logistics worker in Northern Ireland?

The booming high-end TV industry needs people like you to train as Production Secretaries, so to help you get your foot in the door ScreenSkills has launched a free Training & Placement programme supported by the ScreenSkills High-end TV Skills Fund with contributions from UK high-end TV productions and delivered by callsheet.co.uk

Some of the world’s favourite dramas including Line of Duty, Derry Girls & Game of Thrones have been shot across the Country in recent years and more are in the pipeline all the time. Thanks to a boom in demand from streaming services and tax credits for high-end shows, we need more talent to join the industry – particularly if you have experience in logistics, event planning and organization.

On this Training and Placement course, 6 successful candidates will be walked through a 4-step programme including four full days’ training with renowned production manager Imogen Gay. Three of those participants will get a paid placement with a production for up to 15 weeks. Plus, they will be issued with a copy of Imogen’s industry-standard production guidebook.

You will need to be an ace organiser, a quick learner, a brilliant communicator and a master of Excel. You might currently be working in a logistical or administrative role in another industry:  you could be a logistics manager, a travel coordinator or a tour manager or you may work in theatre or events production. You’ll also need to live within commuting distance of Belfast. If you are hard-working, calm, diligent and good in a crisis, then the industry needs your skills.


What does a Production Secretary do?

They are a crucial part of the dynamic, hard-working team who make sure the production office runs like a Rolls-Royce engine.

Production secretaries typically work under a Line Producer, Production Manager, Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator, with a production runner and PA in support of the whole team  – but teams vary in size and scale depending on the scale and budget of the show. It’s the perfect starting point to transfer your skills while you find your feet in this fast-paced environment.

Key dates

January 3: Applications open

January 31: Deadline for applications

February 10: Confirmation of final 6 selected

February 18: Course runs on 4 consecutive Saturdays (10am - 4pm each day)

March onwards: Placements for 3 of the participants.


How to apply


Clicking the link above should open an email with pre-populated fields for applicants to complete. If that does not work for you, please email info@thecallsheet.co.uk for the application form and we will email it back to you asap.


PLEASE NOTE: This is not a new entrant programme for recent graduates/runners. We are seeking talent from other sectors/industries to bring into HETV. 


The 4-step course

  1. About the industry (60mins Presentation/Q&A, Zoom). Overview of the production process and guide to finding work
  2. Production Secretary training (four full Saturdays, over Zoom – 10am to 4pm). Production manager Imogen Gay delivers an in-depth guide to the role. Students also get a copy of Imogen’s industry guidebook
  3. Meeting the Production Managers (60mins Q&A, Zoom) A getting-to-know-you session with local Production Managers or Co-ordinators
  4. Ready to Work 1 (60mins, Zoom). thecallsheet.co.uk’s Matt Gallagher shows you how to get your CV industry-ready, and gives advice on job hunting and pitching your emails just right.


About ScreenSkills ScreenSkills is the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen-based creative industries - animation, film, games, television including children’s and high-end, VFX and immersive technology. We work across the whole of the country to build an inclusive workforce with the skills needed for continued success, now and in the future.

About thecallsheet.co.uk. thecallsheet.co.uk is a recruitment and training company operating in High-End TV Drama and Feature Film in the UK. The website provides jobs boards for senior crew and new entrants to the industry. We offer subscribing Pro members access to The Chase List; an index of upcoming productions in development and pre production.

thecallsheet.co.ukhas delivered programmes and talks for ScreenSkills, The BFI, Pinewood Studios, Northern Ireland Screen, London Film School, Northern Film + Media, Liverpool Film Office, Screen Suffolk, Film London, Warner Bros., Into Film and The Oscars. Previous training programmes include Production Lab, Accounts Industry Transfer Programme, HETV Connect, Set Ready Training, HETV Link, Film Trainee Finder Inductions, and Production Direct Training.