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BBC Saturday night staples Casualty and Strictly Come Dancing and ITV’s Tonight are to use ScreenSkills’ ‘training passport’ for production staff and freelancers.

BBC Studios, ITV Studios and Sky have all signed up to the pilot scheme, which aims to ensure a consistent, high-quality standard of training, built into productions form the outset, that can enable crew to move seamlessly work from project to project.

Production staff and freelancers working on key shows for each organisation will have to complete e-learning modules tackling harassment, bullying at work and safeguarding.

The scheme launches later this month and will run for six months.

Strictly will use the passport from its next series, while other productions employing it include BBC Studios’ The One Show, ITV Studios’ The Martin Lewis Show Live Summer Special and several, as-yet undisclosed Sky Original productions filming over the summer.

BBC Studios chief operating officer Martyn Freeman said the modules reflected the organisations’ priorities “from a cultural and behavioural point of view”.

He added: “Our business and industry thrives on freelance engagement, so the introduction of the ScreenSkills Training Passport, enabling smoother transition from company to company, should be welcomed all round.” 

ScreenSkills chief executive Laura Mansfield said:  “The passport will also enable our partners to streamline their own onboarding processes, making the process simpler and more efficient for employer and employee alike.”
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