The Grierson Trust, with support from Netflix, is launching a new production management training programme as part of its Grierson DocLab outreach initiative. Grierson DocLab In Focus: Production Management has eight places available to individuals who want to pursue a career within the production management area of documentary programme-making.

Given the ongoing COVID-19 situation, this inaugural year of DocLab In Focus: Production Management will be delivered online over six days. The week will involve an intensive schedule with industry speakers covering topics including budgeting, cashflows and production paperwork; health and safety and risk assessments; music and archive copyright clearances; managing and looking after personnel; understanding deliverables; how to embed diversity and inclusion into the production; as well looking at when to step up to the next level in your career. For those who may be new to the sector, support will be provided to plug any knowledge gaps.

The training will prepare each successful applicant for a paid contract (up to three months in duration) working on a Netflix documentary production. As this is a trainee scheme, each placement will be for a new entrant position, starting in the role of production secretary. Progression can be rapid for individuals who take to the role with the right skillset and enthusiasm. We are planning for the work to be undertaken in person, rather than remotely, subject to COVID-19 guidelines.

Coupled with ongoing support from The Trust, trainees will have access to networking events (held online and in-person), plus professional development opportunities through a programme of webinars over six months. They will be assigned an industry mentor and be invited to the prestigious Grierson Awards, taking place at The Queen Elizabeth Hall, 10 November 2021, to network with industry guests. All trainees will then join the Grierson DocLab Alumni group for continued support through the network.


Find out more about who should apply, eligibility criteria, timings and more on The Grierson Trust’s website.