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Production Co-ordinator Training Programme

Creative Skillset and the BBC Academy run a special programme for those starting out in TV and wishing to pursue a career in Production Management.

The Production Co-ordinator Programme is a response to industry demand and the chronic shortage of Production Co-ordinators. Training is provided by the BBC AcademyITV StudiosIndie Training FundTRC Media and Creative Skillset and funded by the BBCChannel 4 and Channel 5 through the Creative Skillset TV Skills Fund. The Production Co-ordinator Training Programme aims to inspire and train new Production Co-ordinators for the TV industry across the UK.

For programmes outside London, no previous TV experience is required.  

What does the Production Co-ordinator Training Programme offer?

The programme offers the selected participants a two week boot camp with practical workshops giving an overview of the industry – live, documentary, drama, entertainment, features, studio and location work. The training will cover key disciplines including 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-recognised Creative Skillset accreditation. Delegates will also get a mentor for a year.

The programme is subsidised, funded by the TV Skills Fund, and costs delegates (or their employers) just £150 with fee waivers also available.

Recruitment for the Production Co-ordinator Training Programme

The programme is taking place across the UK. Our courses in two in London, one in Salford, and one in Glasgow have already run. The next programme will be in Cardiff, with training taking place over two weeks from Monday 12 February 2018.

Applications for the February programme in Cardiff are now closed. 

To register your interest for future courses and for any other questions, please contact us.

Is TV production for me?

This programme could be for you if you:

  • are organised
  • are good at creative problem solving
  • work well in teams
  • are good at forward planning
  • cope well in a crisis
  • are persuasive
  • are an impressive negotiator
  • love TV 
  • watch a variety of TV programmes

Not sure if TV Production Management is the career for you? Check out the helpful guide Is TV Production for Me?, produced by the BBC Academy in association with Creative Skillset.

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.” 
Nan Whittingham, Director of Production and Programme Management, Channel 5

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