ScreenSkills HETV and film accounts industry transfer programme 2024

ScreenSkills HETV and film accounts industry transfer programme 2024

1571 ScreenSkills HETV and film accounts industry transfer programme 2024

Calling all accounts workers who want a new adventure! Do you work in finance and love television and film? Would you like to join the growing and dynamic world of high-end television and film production?

High-end television and film productions are crying out for talent like yours and here is a fully funded training programme to skill you up to make the move.

The ScreenSkills high-end TV and film accounts industry transfer programme 2024 is led by production accountant Neil Cairns (T2 Trainspotting, Under the Skin, Bridgerton). With an equally capable supporting cast of trainers and experts he will lead you through all you need to know to land a job in HETV or film… and thrive once you get there. 

As well as an in-depth overview of the industry you will take part in Q&As with key players and previous attendees of the course. There are 24 funded placements on offer at the end of the training and you will also get help with CV writing and interview techniques.

Previous attendees of this programme have gone on to work on film and  HETV productions such as: Saltburn, Boat Story, The Witcher, The Acolyte, Silo, Brassic, The Gold, Slow Horses, Grace, Payback, Hullraisers, Dr Who, The Long Call, My Policeman, The Rising, We Hunt Together, McDonald & Dodds, Maestro, Alex Rider, Pennyworth 3, Men, Dreamland, Lift and more…  

This training programme, designed to fit in with busy working schedules, will be delivered online over weekends and evenings with video catch-up. There are 50 spaces available, including four from Wales and 10 from Scotland.

This programme is supported by the ScreenSkills High-end Television and Film Skills Funds made up of contributions from high-end television productions and films made in the UK. This programme is being delivered by The Call Sheet.

Apply HERE (opens a google form)


Who it's for

This training programme is open to candidates from all levels of the accounting world, from payroll assistants to CFOs but with at least one year’s paid experience in a responsible finance position anywhere in the UK.

You don't need any television or film experience but you must be genuinely committed to working in the dynamic and creative world of high-end television and film.

Although your first position in the industry might be relatively junior, hard work and drive are quickly and richly rewarded in this sector.

We always welcome applications from under-represented groups including, but not limited to: those from minority ethnic backgrounds; people with a disability; people from the LGBTQ+ community and those from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

We offer inclusive training. If you have any needs which we can accommodate during the recruitment process and beyond, or would like support completing the booking form and/or would like us to send it to you in an alternative format, please email

This is a nationwide programme so we welcome applications from across the UK. 

What it covers

  • Overview of the industry and accountancy’s role in it
  • Accounts training with Neil Cairns
  • Understanding a film production cycle
  • Q&A with previous graduates
  • Q&A with Production Accountants
  • Q&A with Art Department and Costume
  • Q&A with Production Department
  • CV writing and looking for work
  • Interview technique
  • Software walk-through
  • What to expect in week one

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

Don’t take our word for it, here is what previous transferers have to say…

The course gave me everything I needed to get started. I simply would not be in the position I am now without it. And I love the job, I feel like an integral part of every project, as well as being valued and respected. (Rachel Crabtree, 2020 participant). 

A year ago I didn’t think I would be working in the industry, let alone in a team producing a top rated Apple TV+ show! The course being on consecutive Saturdays and evenings allowed me to work, study and care for my family. I would urge others to apply for the course as I have no doubt I would not be where I am today without the team. (Gemma Solomon, 2022 participant).

How to apply

This online course runs from Saturday 2 March 2024 for 6 weeks on the following dates:

  • Saturday 2 March - 10:00 - 16:00 (with an hour for lunch)
  • Saturday 9 March - 10:00 - 16:00 (with an hour for lunch)
  • Saturday 16 March - 10:00 - 16:00 (with an hour for lunch)
  • Saturday 23 March - 10:00 - 16:00 (with an hour for lunch)


  • Saturday 6 April - 10:00 - 16:00 (with an hour for lunch)

There will be a series of seminars, technical software sessions and Q&A’s on weeknight evenings during the course.  These weeknight sessions will usually start at 7pm for one hour. 

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The deadline for applications is Sunday 11 February


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