ScreenSkills HETV Accounts Industry Transfer Programme

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ScreenSkills HETV Accounts Industry Transfer Programme


Do you work in finance in Manchester, Leeds or Bristol and love television? Would you like to join the growing and dynamic world of TV drama production in your area?

ScreenSkills HETV Accounts Industry Transfer Programme is a FREE intensive training scheme seeking out talented staff who can fill a skills shortage in TV production in your area, supported by the ScreenSkills High-end TV Skills Fund with contributions from UK high-end TV productions.

Shows like Peaky Blinders, Victoria, Poldark have been filmed in and around Manchester, Leeds and Bristol respectively, and demand is high in the local industry for your skills.

Students will get extensive Zoom training sessions with a leading industry accountant plus an industry overview, interview tips and more.

You can also apply for one of 12 paid placements on local productions that will last 14 weeks.

The course runs this November and there are 20 places available for candidates who live within a commutable distance to the Production hubs of Manchester, Leeds or Bristol.

So whether you are keen to change tack in your career or are returning to work after a break, apply now. The deadline is midnight on Friday 23 October 2020.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

Clicking the link above should open an email with pre-populated fields for applicants to complete. Some users are having trouble with Chrome desktop and we are looking into the problem. 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.

 

Who is the training aimed at?

We want to hear from accounts workers with at least one year’s paid experience in a responsible finance position, living within commuting distance of Manchester, Leeds or Bristol.

You’ll need to convince us you are serious about a career in television accounts and be available for a 14-week paid placement after the course, if you successfully apply for one.

We are looking for candidates from all walks of the accounting world. You could be a CFO or a payroll assistant. We are looking for people who are genuinely committed to working in High-End TV Drama and who live within a commutable distance to either Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool or Leeds.

You don’t need to have any TV experience, just a good head for numbers and a strong desire to work in a dynamic and creative industry.

Candidates will be keen to develop their skills to transition into high-end television. Although your first position in the industry might be relatively junior, hard work and drive are quickly and richly rewarded in this sector.

This is one of a range of initiatives aimed at recruiting new entrants and encouraging a more diverse workforce, including those returning to the industry after a career break.

 

What does the training offer?

  • Introduction to Working in TVseminar: A 90-minute overview of how the industry works with company MD and author Matt Gallagher (thecallsheet.co.uk).
  • Ten 90-minute training sessions with production accountant Neil Cairns (Outlaw King, Under the Skin, The Nest).
  • An in-depth tutorial on how to make the best impression in TV job interviews.
  • The chance to land one of 12 paid placements lasting 14 weeks with a high-end television production company.

 

The training will show you how to meet the specific demands of the industry, including:

  • Tracking costs of multiple consecutive episodes at the same time.
  • How to keep control of the figures before, during and after shooting
  • Reporting costs per episode and per series
  • Getting to grips with the different budgeting systems used in the industry
  • Running payroll for cast and crew

 

What does the placement offer?

  • Placements for 12 people on high-end television productions with a salary for 14 weeks.
  • These will be rolled out through 2020-21 as productions start to resume.

 

Who is backing this training?

  • ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK’s screen industries with contributions from UK high-end TV productions.
  • The programme is being delivered by thecallsheet.co.uk

 

 

What can I expect from a career in high-end TV accounts?

High-end TV production is a vigorous industry with a bright future where your skills are in demand. You’ll work on exciting and varied projects with smart and industrious people, where hard work and dynamism are recognised and rewarded.

Although your first role might be relatively junior while you learn the ropes, the opportunity for progression is huge.

High-end TV is a booming industry, with great prospects for a quick pick-up after the Covid-19 lockdown.

There was over £1.6billion spent on high-end TV drama in the UK in 2019 according to the British Film Institute – and as production resumes in 2021 we will need talented recruits to take on the challenge.

 

‘Never been a better time’

Kaye Elliott, ScreenSkills Director of High-end Television, says: “The High-end TV Skills Fund delivers the crucial support needed to meet the skills demands of a fast-growing UK-wide industry. 

“There has never been a better time to transfer skills learnt in other industries into a new career working in TV. This industry-led programme will provide all the training and networks to kick-start your new career.”

 

Neil Cairns, Production accountant (Outlaw King, Under the Skin, The Nest), says: UK high-end TV drama is a fast-paced and dynamic industry where no two productions are the same. You'll be working alongside creative and energetic colleagues to help shape some of the best-loved drama in the UK. The industry is crying out for people with experience in accounting and there's never been a better to time make that move.

 

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

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 (but ONLY if the link above does not open the application form).

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.