ScreenSkills is to place apprentices with the likes of Amazon Prime Video and Banijay UK after securing funds from a government programme.
Rather than commit organisations to take on apprentices for 12 months, the flexi-job apprenticeships will offer ‘earn as you learn’ opportunities on a series of short-term placements that reflect the nature of the TV industry.
Taken together, these placements will last between 13 and 20 months, with ScreenSkills managing induction and initial training and providing ongoing support.
Roles covered include production assistants, assistant production accountants, production coordinators and production managers.
ScreenSkills will recruit 40 apprentices, half of which will be funded by Amazon Prime Video. The other partners are Lime Pictures and Sky/APX Content Ventures.
The agency begins recruitment this month and aims to place the apprentices in two phases in May and September.
The government’s £5m cross-sector scheme spans the NHS, civil engineering and television and also includes the BBC, which is setting up its Apprentice Hub in Birmingham.
ScreenSkills chief executive Seetha Kumar said the scheme “will address serious skills shortages, benefiting the UK’s booming screen industries while opening up pathways, providing training and support and helping people earn as they learn on high-profile shows”.