ScreenSkills HETV Regional Production Secretary Transfer Programme


Image: BBC, Big Talk 'The Outlaws'. Photography by Sam Taylor


­­Production Secretary Training and Placement Programme

Are you a talented and driven administration or logistics worker in Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool or Manchester?

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

Some of the world’s favourite dramas including Peaky Blinders, Outlaws and Showtrial have been shot across the English regions 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, studios are springing up across the country.

On this Training and Placement course, 30 successful candidates will be walked through a 7-step programme including five full days’ training with renowned production manager Imogen Gay. Twenty of those participants will get a paid placement with a production company for up to 10 weeks and mentoring support as they find their feet in the industry. Plus they will have free access to’s “chase list” of upcoming productions for six months.

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 Bristol, Manchester, Newcastle, Liverpool or Leeds. 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.


Key dates

November 25: Applications open

December 31: Deadline for applications

January 10-14: Interviews

February 2022: Course runs on Sundays and one weekday evening

February/March onwards: Placements


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 for the application form and we will email it back to you asap. UPDATE: We will be checking in over the festive period, so please don't worry if you don't hear back immediately from us with the form, we will extend the deadline if necessary.

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 7-step course

1.      About the industry (90mins Presentation/Q&A, Zoom). Overview of the production process and guide to finding work.

2.      Production Secretary training (five full Sundays, Zoom). 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 (90mins Q&A, Zoom) A getting-to-know-you session with local Production Managers or Co-ordinators.

4.      Ready to Work 1 (90mins, Zoom).’s Matt Gallagher shows you how to get your CV industry-ready, and gives advice on job hunting and pitching your emails just right.

5.      Ready to Work 2 (90mins, Zoom) An industry expert explains how best to prep for interviews and in what ways the experience might differ from normal corporate hiring.

6.      Placement Week 1 Check-in (1hr) Talk with an independent Production Coordinator to help you bed in at your placement and answer any questions you may have about the people, processes and practices you’ve come across

7.      Mentoring calls (45mins) Further into your placement you will have an in-depth chat with Imogen to get help on any issues that have arisen and to map out your next steps.




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 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. has 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.


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