How ScreenSkills champions diversity and inclusivity

Diversity and inclusivity is a key focus of our work and is woven into all our projects and funding. Our inclusivity initiatives are designed to attract, develop and advance the most talented individuals regardless of their race, sexual orientation, religion, age, gender, disability status, address, socio-economic background or any other dimension of diversity.

Support for individuals

ScreenSkills works with industry and educational partners to develop inclusive training solutions. Freelancers and employees who belong to under-represented groups in the screen industries can apply for funding for training and developmental support they need to progress in their careers.

ScreenSkills not only focuses on creating opportunities for new entrants, but we also support career progression for mid-level and senior level talent as well. Senior levels of management in the screen industries are currently less diverse than entry-level staff, but by supporting access to training and development we can help individuals from under-represented groups gain the skills and confidence they need to move up in their own careers. This creates a more inclusive workforce in the screen industries.

Our support for individuals includes skills training bursaries for freelancers, career progression schemes like Make a Move, and our entry-level Trainee Finder scheme.

In an increasingly competitive global market, we need an inclusive talent pool with the rich mix of skills which are vital for creativity, employability and productivity.

Seetha Kumar, CEO at ScreenSkills

Support for organisations

We support organisations and training providers who offer programmes and courses to develop diverse talent and make their workplaces more inclusive. This is funded via the High-end TV Skills Fund, Film Skills Fund, and Television Skills Fund.

How we measure our impact

We are working with industry leaders to develop a consistent approach to monitoring and data collection in the screen industries that is in line with GDPR.

We continue to develop best practice guidance and conduct robust research in skills forecasting.

Inclusivity is a key focus of our work and is woven into all our projects and funding. To measure and evaluate our progress, ScreenSkills sets aspirational inclusivity targets for ourselves and our training providers:

  • For gender, 50% female
  • For ethnicity, 20% black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) (40% in Greater London)
  • For disability, 8% disabled and people who have a learning difference, impairment or long-term condition
  • For sexual orientation and gender identity, 10% lesbian, gay, bisexual & trans (LGBT)

We expect our training providers to monitor further areas of inclusivity, such as caring responsibilities, employment status, geographical location, returning parents/carers, socio-economic background and any other under-represented participant groups.