Applications invited for places on factual television training scheme

EIGHT places are up for grabs on a Scots training scheme designed to deliver skilled practitioners in factual television, such as editors, assistant producers and camera people.

The Stepping Up programme will involve placements within the BBC and independent TV production companies for up-and-coming talent.

It joins an existing, separate programme – again operating in Scotland – aimed at delivering skilled practitioners able to work in TV drama, which has been operating for three years and this year has 20 places.

Says one of the programme partners, Creative Skillset, of Stepping Up: “Successful participants will receive a combination of paid work placements, bespoke short courses and mentoring, and will be able to access bursaries.”

In a media release, Alasdair Smith, Scotland director of Creative Skillset, is quoted, as saying: “Scotland already has a very strong talent base and we want to ensure a vibrant future for that talent and our creative screen industries. This programme will develop capacity and capability in Scotland’s factual TV production, enabling aspiring specialists in factual production to gain the skills and experience necessary to step up to the next professional level in their department.”

The Stepping Up programme is funded by a partnership of Creative Skillset, BBC Scotland, Creative Scotland, BECTU, Skills Development Scotland and the European Social Fund, via Scotland’s Trade Union Centre.

For more information, visit The deadline is 5pm on the 26th of this month.