Assistant Production Accounting Trainee Scheme 2019 (APATS)

Mon 2nd Sep 2019

Move your accounting career into film and TV production

This training scheme is designed for those wanting to work as Assistant Production Accountants on feature films or high-end TV in the UK.

If you have a burning desire to work in film or TV production accounting and have previous experience of working in a junior position in accounts or finance then this is the course for you.

The Production Guild are seeking to recruit and train TEN people from across the UK to become Assistant Production Accountants.

The programme will last from September 2019 to May 2020 and will consist of a month of classroom training at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden Park followed by up to three paid work placements on film and High-End TV productions in the UK.

Applicants must have a permanent UK address and be eligible to work in the UK.

For over 12 years we have trained people from differing backgrounds, work experience and qualifications who have gone on to consistently and successfully work on film and TV production. The Assistant Production Accountant Training Scheme has trained over 50 new entrants to enter UK production.

This programme is delivered by the Production Guild. It is supported by ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by the BFI as part of the Future Film Skills programme. ScreenSkills is the industry-led skills body for the UK’s screen industries.

Application details

Recruitment and Selection for the scheme will take place in May 2019.

Interviews will be held on 4th, 5th and 6th June 2019.

Classroom training: Commencing Monday 2nd September 2019 for four weeks

To register your details and download the application form and guidance notes click here

Deadline for applications 10th May 2019

This unique training programme is funded by ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund and from direct contributions from feature film production and TV companies providing attachments to trainees on the scheme.



APATS has been an absolutely fantastic experience. It was tough at times, long hours and more long hours, but it gave me the chance to work on amazing productions. I worked in Malta for three months and made lots of contacts for the future. It is definitely a great way to get into the industry and build an amazing career. My placements so far have been Assassin's Creed (Malta and UK office) and Bridget Jones's Baby.

Cristina Zanoletti, Assistant Production Accountant Trainee

Hear first hand from our APATS graduates

"Being involved at the very beginning of the production process, in development when the script and budget are still being worked on, crunching numbers and working with the producers regarding what is achievable within the budget, makes the role what it is. I really enjoy the level of involvement you get from the outset, working with pretty much the entire crew across different departments and grades." 

Dan Hillsdon, Financial Controller - Wonder Woman 2, Overlord, Ready Player One, The Danish Girl