The cap on industry contributions to the High-end TV Skills Fund will increase this spring to £66,300 for productions with a budget of less than £5 million per broadcast hour. For productions with a budget of more than that sum, the cap will remain at £100,000.
As agreed by the HETV Skills Council, which includes Pact, the increase reflects an increase based on CPI (consumer price index) plus £2,000.
The High-end TV Skills Fund invests all contributions in training and targeted workforce support across the UK, to support professionals at all career stages develop their careers, tackle grade shortages and bring new entrants into the industry to ensure a first-class industry. When productions pay into the High-end TV Skills Fund, they are investing in sustaining a quality high-end TV industry workforce in the UK.
In 2021/22 184 HETV productions paid into the fund.
In return for their contribution, productions can also benefit directly from some of the training and placement opportunities the fund invests in and are eligible to receive up to 60% of the value of their contribution back in skills support. Funded initiatives include the step-up programme Make a Move, progression programme Leaders of Tomorrow, new entrant programme Trainee Finder, leadership management training and mental health awareness training.