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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 a storyboard and 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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