Unscripted Edit Assistant and Technical Operator Programme

The Pipeline is delighted to again be working with the ScreenSkills Unscripted Fund on a fantastic training programme for edit assistants and technical operators.


The Unscripted Edit Assistants and Technical Operators Programme is supported by the ScreenSkills Unscripted TV Skills Fund which invests in training for the unscripted workforce thanks to contributions from BBC, Channel 4, Sky, A+E Networks UK, Discovery UK, Channel 5, Netflix, ITV, Amazon, UKTV and S4C matched by production companies

This is a highly competitive programme open to applicants across the UK, to support career development. There are 40 places available for new entrants with an interest in pursuing a career in post production, those looking to step up to the role of edit assistant and/or technical operator, and others with transferable skills and/ or experience post production looking to move into this area of the pipeline. The programme offers participants industry-led online training through the lens of the two job roles. The training is delivered by working post production professionals and will build technical, creative, professional and personal skills to enhance employment opportunities.

The course is designed for participants to learn as much about the edit assistant and technical operator roles and responsibilities as possible prior to their managed placement and reflect on this learning so they are prepared and capable of undertaking a meaningful placement. All courses are underpinned with the principles of CPD and self-directed learning which encourages participants to reflect on their skills development as they progress.       

The content has a mix of professional, technical, creative, and personal development sessions to give the participants knowledge of the full end to end post pipeline to offer them a wider perspective of the process as they learn about the roles.  

Topics covered include the importance of metadata, proxy workflows and conforming, the ACES pipeline, cloud-based working, setting up multi-projects, file formats, basic VFX and remote working. Along with small group work on handling clients and the many soft skills that need to be built on when stepping into the postproduction sector. Guest speakers will deliver relevant masterclasses to enhance understanding and offer anecdotes and industry shortcuts.  

Participants will also receive a paid placement in 2024 of 8 weeks minimum within a UK-based post facility for first-hand experience to build confidence to gain employment within this complex technical sector. (The exact wage each delegate will receive is to be determined by the company they are placed with. This may vary due to company size or location but we would expect it to be in line with standard industry rates for the role. The ScreenSkills Unscripted TV Skills Fund will be subsidising this payment.)

Course Details

Training begins Monday November 6th 2023, and is completed by Sunday 3rd March 2024

Applicants will be divided into two cohorts of 20 for the online training – delivered via zoom – which comprises of 5 full days days training in November Monday- Friday followed by 4 further weekends between December 2023 and March 2024.

Both cohorts receive the same training, by splitting the participants into 2 groups we can ensure focused training sessions.

Cohort A:
6th-10th November 2023
25th & 26th November 2023
13th & 14th January 2024
3rd & 4th February 2024
24th & 25th February 2024

Cohort B:

13th-17th November 2023
2nd & 3rd December 2023
20th & 21st January 2024
10th & 11th February 2024
2nd & 3rd March 2024 

The 8-week placements will run between February 2024 until June 2024 and undertaken at Post production facilities across the UK. Exact dates TBC.

Location: Online via Zoom

Age +18

Price: Free

Application deadline: Friday October 20th by 5pm. This is one of the fastest growing areas of the post production pipeline and we expect a high volume of applications.

Our application process is now open. We welcome and encourage applications from people from diverse socio-economic backgrounds; disabled applicants; Minority Ethnic applicants, LGBTQ+ and non-binary applicants.