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TV Training Bursaries Available

Get free money for training!

If you work in the UK TV industry as a freelancer or an employee, you may be eligible for either a bursary or a subsidised training course through the Skillset TV Freelance Fund, to help you afford the training you may need.  

The Skillset TV Freelance Fund is the result of an agreement between UK broadcasters and the Indie Training Fund (ITF) to invest in training for the television workforce. The contributors are: BBC, Channel 4, Five, cable and satellite companies, and the ITF via contributions from member companies.  These funds are invested in training and development activities that will benefit the UK television industry.

Skillset undertakes an extensive research programme and consultation with industry to identify where there’s current and future skills needs and prioritises funding for training in these areas.  You can be sure that courses supported by the Fund meets the requirements of the TV industry, as well as benefiting your own career.

Funding available NOW!

Management and Leadership Bursaries
What courses?  The bursaries can be used to access a growing range of courses from specialist training providers, ranging from Drama Production Management, to mentoring and coaching sessions on a one-to-one basis, to Head of Production training, to Dealing with Difficult People.   

Who can apply?  Anyone in the TV industry who works in, or is moving into, a management or leadership role.  Further details on eligibility criteria are on the Skillset website.

How much?  Grants of up to £1,000 are available for freelancers and £625 for company employees.  

For a list of the eligible courses, further information and details on how to apply:  
www.skillset.org/funding/individuals/management_leadership

Multiplatform Bursaries
What courses?   Bursaries fund a pre-selected range of courses covering key multiplatform skills the industry is looking for in its workforce.  New courses are added on an ongoing basis throughout the year with a wide range of skills areas covered. The scheme should have training to suit most people working in the industry on cross-platform projects.

How much?  Grants of up to £800 are available for freelancers and £500 for company employees.  

For a list of the eligible courses, further information and details on how to apply:  www.skillset.org/funding/individuals/multiplatform_bursaries

Craft and Technical Bursaries (launching 11 October)
What courses? Bursaries to fund a pre-selected range of courses covering key Craft and Technical skills the industry is looking for in its workforce.  

How much?  Grants of up to £800 are available for freelancers and £500 for company employees.  

For a list of the eligible courses, further information and details on how to apply:  www.skillset.org/funding/individuals/craft_and_technical
 
Future funding:
Health & Safety Bursaries

Health & Safety is a long-standing priority of the TVFF, and essential to provide a safe working environment for those working in the industry.  A new round of Health & Safety Bursaries will continue in 2010 / 11 with a joint bursaries scheme being run by Skillset’s Film Skills Fund and the TV Freelance Fund – the scheme launches on 18 October 2010, so if you work in TV or Film please visit the website for further details: www.skillset.org/funding/individuals

Schemes for Women in TV

Last year, Skillset’s research revealed that 5,000 women had left the television industry between 2006 and 2009, compared with just 750 men.  In direct response to these findings, the TVFF agreed to fund a range of initiatives to redress the imbalance and directly improve the skills and career progression of women working in the television industry.  

Leading mentoring and networking consultant Annmarie Dixon-Barrow is running a series of Skillset funded initiatives to connect women in film and television with industry leaders, including:

•    six diversity masterclasses featuring the advice and insights of Senior Diverse Leaders who have made it to the top of their fields (for 180 attendees in total, 30 at each session).  Master-classes will commence on 26 October 2010 and will run until 23 March 2011 (confirmed speakers: Lord Levy; Wol Kolade; India Gary Martin; Stephen Whitehead; Helen Alexander; and Shami Chakribarti);
•    a Talent Boutique that will provide 100 entry level women from our industries with an opportunity to meet, hear and talk to a range of professional from across the industry (taking place on 20 October 2010).

Annmarie has run with other successful film and television schemes with Skillset funding. These include the WFTV Mentoring Scheme, which provided women in television with a six month course of one-to-one mentoring; and the WOMEN Mentoring Programme, which saw 25 women paired with industry leaders from around the world via a virtual network.

For further details, please contact us directly on tvbursaries@skillset.org

New Entrants and Professionals in Junior Roles

To be launched later this year, so please visit the website regularly for further details:  www.skillset.org/funding/individuals

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Posted by:
Emma Chappel
Sector:
Television & Radio
Tags:
bursaries, skillset, training, tv