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Children's TV Levy Fund

What is the Children's TV Levy?

In response to the live-action children’s TV tax relief, the TV industry agreed to follow the example set by animation and High End TV and start the Children’s TV Skills Levy Fund, with the intention of creating a sustainable funding legacy which would be used to directly support the next generation of live-action children’s TV talent.

In establishing and managing the skills levy, Creative Skillset works closely with the Children’s TV Skills Council to help identify key training needs and set priorities.

The Children’s TV Skills Levy was introduced in April 2015 and has raised over £225,000 which has been invested in skills training. 

How is the Children's TV Levy calculated and collected?

Eligible productions contribute 0.5% of the production's UK core expenditure (in sterling), up to a maximum contribution of £40,860 (the cap increases each year in line with RPI). Children’s TV productions pay their contribution in full on the first day of principal photography.

The earlier you commit to contributing to the skills levy, the more opportunities your production could benefit from. It does NOT have to coincide with your application for tax credit.

The first step is to complete and submit this short form.

Funding for Children's TV training

There are various funding opportunities open to Children's TV live-action production companies to invest in training that addresses the industry's priority skills needs. The schemes we manage are listed below.

The Company Co-investment scheme is a rolling fund with applications assessed every month.

Calls for application for Priority Training funding are issued periodically.

Company Co-investment

Company co-investment grants support Children's TV levy-paying production companies to deliver ambitious training in response to the priority skills needs andin-demand roles identified by the live-action Children's TV sector.

Applications can be submitted to support training needed for an active production or for the skills development of your staff/business. Activities supported may include but are not limited to:

  • Shadowing and mentoring and ‘stepping up’ programmes
  • Professional development of employees and freelancers
  • Training programmes

Training must be completed by 30 March 2019.

Download the Children's TV Co-investment Grants 2017/18 Call for Applications

Priority Training

Priority Training offers co-investment to deliver training in priority skills or that helps people progress into in-demand roles needed by the Children's TV industry. It is targeted to training providers or companies with experience of delivering industry-led training.

Applications for current funding opportunities are closed at present.

Trainee Finder

Trainee Finder is a service that matches trainees with high-end and children's TV levy-paying productions across the UK. 

The scheme, which is supported by Creative Skillset’s Skills Investment Fund, aims to ensure a continued supply of a new generation of talent, capable of world-class creative content.

Taking on trainees through Trainee Finder enables you to claim back a percentage of the trainee’s training allowance for the duration of their placement on your production.

For more information, please contact Patrizia Berardi at patriziab@creativeskillset.org or call her on 020 7713 9843.

Or click here to register your company and search for trainees.

Supported Programmes

Below are programmes, supported by the Fund and delivered by third party providers, that provide places for participants from Children's TV. Please contact the provider directly for more details of each scheme.

RED camera workshops from Guild of British Camera Technicians

This one-day course from the Guild of British Camera Technicians and supported by the High End TV Levy Fund introduces participants to the RED WEAPON 8K S35 (which has the new HELIUM sensor), its set up, use and workflow and will consist of a series of demonstrations, discussions and very practical shooting exercises.

Courses will run as follows:

  • Liverpool - 6 February
  • Manchester - 7 February
  • Leeds - 8 February

 For more details and to apply visit the GBCT website.

Production Accounting training from Production Guild

The Production Guild are running an intensive five day course, supported by the High End TV Levy Fund, to help those working as Assistant Production Accountants move up to the position of Production Accountant. This course will run both in Salford and at Pinewood Studios as follows:

Salford - 26 February - 2 March 2018
Pinewood Studios - 19 - 23 March 2018

Click here for more details and to book.

Closing date for applications: noon on Monday 29 January 2018.

Return to Work for TV freelancers with Media Parents

Flexible working champion Media Parents is providing FREE return to work training for production freelancers in High End TV drama and Children’s TV, supported by the High End TV Levy Fund. The first cohort of returners has already undergone their initial training. Read about it here.

The next cohort, covering Wales, Bristol and the South West, includes a placement on Poldark and applications are invited until 17 January. Further training will be offered in Manchester, with placements including Victoria, filming in Yorkshire in 2018, and applications for this close on 15 February.

Returners interested in taking up a place on the scheme should contact Media Parents

Who can I speak to about the Children's TV Levy?

For more information about the Children's TV Levy, contact Sarah Joyce.

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