Production Assistant (Screen and Audio) Standard consultation

ScreenSkills have been working with employers since January 2021 to revise the Broadcast Production Assistant apprenticeship Standard and we now have a draft Standard ready for wider industry consultation. The title of the Standard is now Production Assistant (Screen and Audio) which we hope will make the Standard more accessible, it is still at Level 3 and the length of apprenticeship is typically 15 months, with minimum completion time of 12 months.
Due to the changes in layout and components of Standards, we now have  Duties added into the Standard which act as headings to group the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours under.
Please can you give us your feedback on the following areas detailed below:
  1. Revised occupational profile
  2. Proposed Duties
  3. Proposed Knowledge statements
  4. Proposed Skills statements
  5. Proposed Behaviour statements 

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* 3. Do the suggested duties cover the role?
Duty 1. Interpret a creative brief, research, evaluate and develop production ideas.
Duty 2. Assist in the development of content and/or production ideas.
Duty 3. Contribute to the production process, monitoring budgets and resources and adapting to operational changes as required.
Duty 4. Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to plan and develop productions.
Duty 5. Maintain production documentation and/or programme logs.
Duty 6. Research, identify and suggest resources, logistics and equipment taking into consideration constraints.
Duty 7. Provide technical support to colleagues for audio and visual productions.
Duty 8. Edit production content to meet production requirements.
Duty 9. Reflect on the production and offer ideas for continuous improvement.
Duty 10. Review your own professional practice and keep up-to-date with trends and technology.

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* 4. Do the proposed Knowledge statements listed below cover the role sufficiently?
K1. The effect organisational structures, regulations, commissioning processes and funding has on new productions and production activities.
K2. The differences between genre and how this affects the type and scale of production.
K3. The methods, tools and techniques used to scope and evaluate ideas and problem solving concepts for a production.
K4. The methods used to segment and understand audiences.
K5. The different styles of writing and tone of voice that are appropriate to platforms and audiences.
K6. The use of grammar, punctuation and spelling to facilitate clear and concise communication.
K7. The end-to-end production workflow process, from pre to post production, the key stages, and own role within this.
K8. The regulatory and legal requirements when using media assets, including copyright, intellectual property rights, non-disclosure agreements and licensing.
K9. How to incorporate the relevant branding into the production such as; use of brand identity templates and logos for screen, online and audio production.
K10. How to source and identify media assets from appropriate sources.
K11. Principles of budget allocation and methods used to monitor costs for a production and the potential impact.
K12. How the culture of the organisation in which they are working, the commercial pressures, project deadlines and organisational working practices. impact on schedules
K13. The legislation and organisational policies including health and safety, contingency planning and licensing as they apply to crew and contributors.
K14. The processes to follow when authorising the use of resources, and methods of monitoring usage in line with the production plan.
K15. Typical production hierarchies, the roles and responsibilities within production teams and the etiquette to follow.
K16. The communication and reporting processes to follow when acting as point of contact on a production.
K17. The planning process from pre to post-production.
K18. How to securely store and access captured materials and media assets for future use in line with GDPR and organisational policies.
K19. Own responsibilities for creation, maintenance and storage of production documentation.
K20. Methods used to transcribe documents/footage accurately and in line with production requirements.
K21. Processes to follow when scoping out and interpreting resource requirements from production documentation.
K22. Considerations when establishing appropriate on set or studio locations for the equipment.
K23. The organisational procedures to follow when sourcing and obtaining locations, catering, accommodation, transport and technical equipment for productions.
K24. Sustainability and the typical activities which contribute to their ‘professional carbon footprint’ and steps to reduce this.
K25. Principles of camera setup, function and application in storytelling.
K26: Principles to consider when operating media content capture equipment in a studio and on location.
K27: The particular characteristics of individual microphones when recording.
K28. Methods used to identify the editorial intent, required artistic effect and target audience for audio material.
K29. Key issues relating to audio studio operations and the importance of good studio discipline.
K30. How to cut, edit and caption production content to meet output requirements.
K31. The importance of archiving, preserving and conserving media assets
K32. Principles of online and broadcast resolution, ingesting, editing and exporting content and how to prepare a timeline.
K33. The audience data, and metrics selected and applied by own organisation, to evaluate the impact and success of a production against its objectives.
K34. Approaches to maintaining up-to-date knowledge of existing and evolving technology, trends and platforms a

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* 5. Do the proposed Skill statements listed below cover the role sufficently?
S1. Interpret a production brief and identify the audience/end user requirements for the production.
S2. Scope and evaluate creative ideas and problem solving concepts for a production.
S3. Develop creative ideas and proposals for screen, online or audio productions
S4. Create a brief for a production, including a storyboard and outline script of ideas.
S5. Present persuasive pitches, ideas and proposals for screen, online or audio productions.
S6. Work in line with agreed workflows, adapting to operational and creative changes as they occur and inform relevant stakeholders.
S7. Support the end-to-end process of production by monitoring budgets, resources and progress and adhering to legislation, regulations, organisational processes and procedures.
S8. Identify and minimise hazards and risks in the workplace such as Covid compliance.
S9. Assist cast and crew members and act as a point of contact with the production office and other departments.
S10. Develop and maintain positive working relationships when in production, establishing and using professional networks.
S11. Provide progress reports to your production coordinator or producer.
S12. Create, use and store production documentation effectively throughout the end-to-end production workflow.
S13. Manage and store media assets, creating accurate records of material produced in line with workflows and organisational policies.
S14. Interpret requirements of a call sheet/schedule prior to a shoot.
S15. Scope resource requirements; identify and prevent potential supply problems.
S16. Identify and assist with sourcing resources for a production, including locations, catering, accommodation, transport, equipment, crew, budget and existing media assets.
S17. Identify opportunities to deliver sustainable solutions in line with industry standard recommendations.
S18. Select appropriate microphones for given conditions.
S19. Select and set up camera equipment as required.
S20. Monitor the sound levels and bit rate, identifying any issues during the capturing process
S21. Work to a visual technical specification such as resolution, frame rate, pixellation
S22. Operate current industry standard equipment and software safely during and post recording.
S23. Edit and optimise audio or visual material saving in the required format.
S24. Compress digital assets.
S25. Select edit points to create a smooth transition in the material and achieve required audio effects using sound and acoustic effects as required.
S26. Review edited material to ensure appropriateness for the target audience, house style and platform.
S27. Gather audience data to evaluate the impact and success of a production against its objectives.
S28. Use lessons learned to evaluate the success of the production and identify areas for improvement for future productions.
S29. Use continuing professional development planning to support own current and future training and development needs.

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* 6. Do the proposed Behaviours listed below cover the role sufficiently?
B1. Seeks to continuously improve the production.
B2. Acts collaboratively to build and maintain positive relationships with colleagues, customers and suppliers.
B3. Takes ownership of work, with a strong work ethic and commitment to achieving high standards.
B4. Committed to keeping up to date with new technologies and industry best practice. Resourceful in finding creative solutions to solve problems.
B5. Acts in an ethical and sustainable manner. Embraces, equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

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* 7. Would you like to see a draft of the End Point Assessment Plan? The End Point Assessment is the assessment undertaken by apprentices at the end of their apprenticeship to check that they are working to the standard and competent.

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* 8. Would you like to be advised when the Standard is approved?

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* 9. Any other comments?

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