Media Release: Assistant co-ordinator training from The Production Guild


ARE you a junior, runner or production assistant looking to progress your career in production? Or possibly you work in pop promos and commercials and keen to move into the world of film and TV drama production?

If so, then The Production Guild’s assistant co-ordinator’s intensive two-week training programme will give you the career boost you need.

This unique course is designed to equip you with the skills to move forward in the production department and ‘open the door’ into the world of film and TV drama.

The next course will take place from February 16 – 27 at GMAC Film in Scotland and we are now accepting applications.

To apply please, email and we can send you an application pack.

The closing date for applications is February 6 2015.

This ten-day course is hugely subsidised by Creative Skillset and is only £350 plus VAT per person (the full cost of delivery is usually £3,500 per person).

Furthermore, if you are a Scottish resident and your application is successful, you may be also eligible to apply for a £200 bursary from Creative Scotland.

To find out more about the course and your eligibility, you can download the guidance notes here.

How will this course benefit your career?

The assistant co-ordinator training course is designed specifically for juniors or assistants in production to move up into the role of assistant co-ordinator.

Often making this move in the production department can be a ‘lottery’ – relying on you having the right experience and contacts – all at the right time!

This course will help you to build on your experience as a production assistant or junior and develop the specific skills and knowledge you need to take on the role of assistant co-ordinator. This will give you the confidence to go for jobs in production that previously were not available to you.

Here are some testimonials…

“The course offered a realistic grounding in film production that allowed me to access a wide range of mentors, industry contacts, knowledge and experience that upon completing the course meant I could move forward in my career with a happy feeling of confidence.

“Since the assistant co-ordinator training at The Production Guild, I have worked on a wide range of productions, including numerous studio pictures, independent films, high-end drama and children’s television.

“The role of assistant co-ordinator is not easy, but, it is a hugely rewarding career for anyone with a genuine love of film and TV, who enjoys dealing with people, facing challenges head-on and organising anything and everything.

“I really value the support of everyone at The Production Guild which has continued long after my completion of the course.” Helen Swanwick-Thorpe, assistant production co-ordinator, Poirot, Miss Marple, Last Days on Mars.

“This course was absolutely indispensable for me to get work in the film industry. It offered me extensive knowledge and examples of essential production processes and working methods. Lectures from professionals currently working in the industry were priceless and it now gives me that little extra to stand-out from the crowd.” Nadia Correia, assistant production co-ordinator, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2; production secretary, Everest; production co-ordinator, Montana.

What will you learn?

Throughout the two weeks training, you will be guided and mentored by respected and established colleagues working in feature film production.

You will gain a better understanding of the processes of production and office management practices, including:

  • moving people and equipment nationally and internationally
  • technical knowledge of film production and equipment,
  • contracting and insurance, managed migration and Child Licences
  • examining how professional practices are done and understood in both the UK and abroad
  • gaining a deeper understanding of legislation, union agreements, insurance and health and safety legislation

This course will also further your awareness of human resources management and you will have the opportunity to learn through simulation away from the pressure of everyday production.

Application and Guidance Notes

The next course will take place from February 16 – 27 2015 in at GMAC Film in Scotland and we are now accepting applications. To apply please, email and we can send you an application pack.

The closing date for applications is February 6 2015.

To find out more about the course and your eligibility you can download our guidance notes here.

You can see a full list of 2014 assistant co-ordinator trainees here.

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