A fantastic new UK-wide training programme for trainee Production Co-ordinators has just been launched.

The Production Co-ordinator Training Programme will train 50 new trainee production co-ordinators over the next 18 months in London, Manchester, Bristol, Cardiff and Glasgow, to become the next generation in production management.

Creative Skillset and the BBC Academy developed the programme in response to industry demand and the chronic shortage of production co-ordinators.

The programme is open to people starting out in TV and looking for a career in production management. It will be prefect for runners, assistants, production assistants and production management assistants or those hoping to get a foot in the door.

If you are organised, like creative problem solving, work well in teams, are good at forward planning, cope well in a crisis and are persuasive and an impressive negotiator this is for you. If you love TV and watch plenty of different programmes, even better. 

The programme offers a 10-day boot camp with practical workshops giving an overview of the industry – live, documentary, drama, entertainment, features, studio and location filming. The training will cover budgeting and negotiating, rights, paperwork, reporting, setting up filming and setting up a studio. The workshops and masterclasses will be taught by the best in the industry and will lead to an industry-wide Creative Skillset accreditation.

Delegates will also receive a mentor for a year. The cost to delegates (or their employers) is only £150 and bursaries are available. Interviews will be held in October and the first block of training will be held in the week beginning November 28.


Training is provided by the BBC Academy, Creative Skillset, the Indie Training Fund, ITV Studios, the PMA and the Unit List. The programme is funded by the Creative Skillset TV Skills Fund which is supported and funded by the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

Nan Whittingham, Director of Production and Programme Management at Channel 5, said:

“Production Management is the air traffic control of television. It is critical. And I’m pleased the industry has come together to attract new talent into Production Management and give them the best training possible. Careers in Production Management are exciting and fulfilling – we need to get out there and make sure we get that message across to those joining TV. Channel 5 is pleased to be joining with the BBC and Channel 4 to fund and support this Creative Skillset programme.”

For further information email pcp@creativeskillset.org

Interested in Applying?

The Cardiff programme will run in December 2017. Applications for this will open from 1st December 2017 until 5th January 2018.



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