If you are a Scottish based grip or crane technician with at least 2-years experience working professionally in the scripted sector of the film and TV industry we may be able to offer financial support to help you achieve your Grip Diploma in Professional Competence Level 2 or 3 Qualification or Crane Technician Level 2 qualification.

These qualifications have been  developed and informed by those working in the sector and although qualifications are not used as a license to practice, employers and practitioners support formal recognition of the demonstration of competence in the workplace in the interests of health and safety.

The purpose of these qualifications is to assess the competence and underpinning knowledge of individuals working in the role of Crane Technician, Grip or Advanced Grip. The qualification is assessed in the workplace and recognises the learner’s ability to behave professionally, collaboratively and in line with industry standards.

Our funding is available for a limited time, to find out more or if you have any queries about the qualifications please get in touch with Amy Shaw by Friday 26th July - 


In May we held a one-day hands-on training course for new entrant Grip trainees hosted by two NVQ level 3 qualified Grips.  This training day gave the participants the opportunity to understand what equipment is used on set and how to handle it safely when working as part of the Grip department.

If you are interested in becoming a Grip Trainee in film and TV and other training opportunites contact Amy Shaw -






If you are an accountant, bookkeeper or just someone with a passion for numbers, connect with us by emailing the below address to find out what it’s like to work within the Accounts Department on film and television drama productions in Scotland and opportunities to connect with the industry in Scotland;  Amy Shaw:



Production Co-ordinating for Drama

5-Day Training Course

2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th March 2019 // 0930 - 1630 //  Glasgow

This specifically developed 5-day course is designed to:

  • Assist co-ordinators experienced in factual, commercials and corporates make the move into drama
  • Help assistant co-ordinators and production secretaries to progress to the next stage.

The course will cover the different aspects of the Production Co-ordinator role within drama production and participants will develop an understanding of the responsibilities involved, alongside practical skills.

Course content:

  • Introduction to the drama Production Office
  • Final Draft Screenwriting Software                                                  
  • Contracts, Agreements & Legal                                                             
  • Movie Magic for Scheduling                                                                  
  • Paperwork, Reporting & Post Production                                            
  • Understanding the Budget 
  • Managing yourself & your team

This course is now complete.

If you would like to find out more about becoming a Production Co-ordinator in drama please contact  Amy Shaw;


Electrician Conversion Trainee

BBC Studio’s River City and BECTU Vision have now recruited a qualified electrician to work as an Electrician Conversion Trainee in the lighting department of the next series of River City.

After 13 weeks working on a series of River City the ECT will spend 10 weeks with other productions filming in Scotland, including Outlander and also spend time at Scotland’s largest lighting hire house Panalux, learning more about how they work alongside productions.

For more information about the Electrician Conversion Trainee programme, Contact Amy Shaw; 

BECTU Vision selected a pool of electricians from other sectors who attended a half-day drama set etiquette and paperwork information session and completed a City & Guilds accredited NAPIT Temporary Electrical Systems NA7909-3 funded by BECTU Vision.  

If you are interested in this qualification or becoming an electrician in film and tv please contact Amy Shaw;



This programme is supported by Screen Scotland and the ScreenSkills High-end TV Skills Fund with contributions from UK high-end TV productions and by Scottish Union Learning.

BECTU Vision is brought to you by BECTU in partnership with BBC.


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Updated 5 February 2019