A Broadcast Production Assistant (also referred to as Broadcast Assistant, TV/Radio Production Assistant, Production Secretary, Runner, Production Management Assistant) provides support and assistance to editorial or technical colleagues to ensure the smooth delivery of content for TV or Radio productions (programmes). These productions may cover different genres including factual, daytime, light entertainment, drama, comedy, documentary and current affairs.
Broadcast Production Assistants work as part of a Production Team and need to be adaptable and able to learn quickly on the job; building their understanding of the TV & Radio industry as they move across production teams. As part of their role, Broadcast Production Assistants may be involved in developing programme ideas, supporting the pitching of these new ideas and then work as part of a production team to develop and deliver these. Broadcast Production Assistants may plan projects or events, manage guests, and obtain and manage resources, including finance. They may also need to assist production colleagues in technical support and operational areas such as camera, lighting, sound and editing.
For commercial and independent TV and Radio sectors, tasks could also include developing branding, promotions or commercials and working with marketeers. Broadcast Production Assistants may progress into TV or Radio creative, production management or editing roles, such as Researcher, Production Co-ordinator or Editorial Co-ordinator.
A broadcast production assistant knows and understands:
- how new productions in TV/Radio are commissioned
- the differences between genre and the type of TV/Radio production being developed
- how to use tools and techniques to research ideas and concepts for a TV/Radio production
- how to work within a budget allocation for a production
- the legislation that may apply to cast and crew on productions including health and safety, licenses, working time directive.
Acceptance on this Apprenticeship is via initial assessment.
Assessment is continuous, both on and off the job. Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment.
On successful completion, you may wish to continue your studies by moving onto a higher level Apprenticeship or course. You could also benefit from greatly enhanced job opportunities, whether with your current employer or elsewhere.
Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.