Creative Skillset expands production manager course

7 October, 2016

Creative Skillset has made additional London places available on a new Production Co-ordinator course due to overwhelming demand.

It has partnered with BBC Academy to create the training programme, in association with organisations such as the Indie Training Fund, ITV Studios, the PMA and the Unit List.

The plan had been to train 60 applicants over the next 18 months in the UK’s major cities including London, Manchester, Bristol, Cardiff and Glasgow.

But after more than 160 people applied for the 12 London places up for grabs, Creative Skillset quickly allocated funds to double the intake in the capital to 24. Applications closed on Monday 3 October.

The scheme kicks off in London before rolling out to Salford in February 2017 and the rest of the country later next year.

It is suitable for runners, assistants, production assistants and production management assistants who wish to pursue a career in production management.

The programme will take the successful applicants to a ten-day boot camp of practical workshops which will give them an overview of the industry. This includes live, documentary, drama, entertainment, features, studio and location filming.

It will cover key disciplines including budgeting and negotiating, rights, paperwork, reporting, setting up filming and setting up a studio.

Creative Skillset chief executive Seetha Kumar said: “I’m not surprised that our new Production Co-ordinator programme – developed and delivered with industry partners – is already proving incredibly popular.  It’s great news that we’re having to increase the number of London course places after just 24 hours of taking bookings, as it provides even more opportunities for the next generation of TV talent to develop first-class skills.”

Programme manager Donna Taberer added: “The response to the training programme really illustrates the appetite for gold standard training at this level. It’s fantastic that we have been able to work with the BBC Academy, our partners, broadcasters and Creative Skillset to respond so swiftly to industry need.

“Demand for the programme has far out stripped expectations and due to speedy decision-making at Creative Skillset we can already look to expand the programme next year.”