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Apprenticeship training course

Production assistant - screen and audio (level 3)

Providing support and assistance to help with the delivery of content for TV or radio shows.

Qualification level
Equivalent to A level.
Typical duration
15 months
Apprenticeship category
Creative and design
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Audio production assistant
  • Broadcast assistant
  • Production assistant
  • Production management assistant
  • Production pa
  • Production secretary
  • Programme assistant
  • Runner
  • Tv production assistant
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Interpret a production brief and identify the audience/end user requirements for the production.
  • Scope and evaluate ideas and problem solving concepts for a production.
  • Develop creative ideas and proposals for screen, online or audio productions.
  • Create a brief for a production, including documents such as a storyboard or treatment or outline script of ideas.
  • Present persuasive pitches, ideas and proposals for screen, online or audio productions.
  • Work in line with agreed workflows, adapting to operational and creative changes as they occur and inform relevant stakeholders.
  • Support the end-to-end process of production by monitoring budgets, resources and progress and adhering to legislation, regulations, organisational processes and procedures.
  • Identify and minimise hazards and risks in the workplace such as Covid compliance.
  • Assist cast and crew members and act as a point of contact with the production office and other departments.
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships when in production, establishing and using professional networks.
  • Provide progress reports to your production coordinator or producer.
  • Create, use and store production documentation throughout the end-to-end production workflow.
  • Manage and store media assets, creating accurate records of material produced in line with workflows and organisational policies.
  • Complete a call sheet/schedule prior to a shoot.
  • Scope resource requirements; identify and prevent potential supply problems.
  • Identify and assist with sourcing resources for a production, including locations, catering, accommodation, transport, equipment, crew, budget and existing media assets.
  • Identify opportunities to deliver sustainable solutions in line with industry standard recommendations.
  • Select microphones taking into account conditions and environments.
  • Select and set up camera equipment as required.
  • Monitor the sound levels and bit rate, identifying any issues during the capturing process.
  • Work to a visual technical specification such as resolution, frame rate, pixellation.
  • Operate current industry standard equipment and software safely during and post recording.
  • Edit and optimise audio or visual material saving in the required format.
  • Compress digital assets.
  • Select edit points to create a smooth transition in the material and achieve required audio effects using sound and acoustic effects as required.
  • Review edited material to ensure appropriateness for the target audience, house style and platform.
  • Gather audience data to evaluate the impact and success of a production against its objectives.
  • Use lessons learned to evaluate the success of the production and identify areas for improvement for future productions.
  • Use continuing professional development planning to support own current and future training and development needs.

Full information on Production assistant - screen and audio (level 3) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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