Giving back

ScreenSkills is asking the wider film, TV, games, animation and VFX industries to play their part in giving back to the future of UK screen. We've put together a menu of the many different ways you could help or get involved. Please get in touch to find out more. 

In the face of unprecedented demand, massive growth in production and a drive to seize the opportunities created by the film and TV boom, we’re calling for greater collaboration in finding and nurturing new talent, upskilling existing professionals and pushing for genuine diversity and inclusivity in our workforce.

Richard Johnston, Chief Executive of Endemol Shine UK and Chair of ScreenSkills, said: “I know from experience the challenges facing the screen industries in attracting and retaining a skilled and inclusive workforce. I also know that there is no silver bullet. But I do know that we in the industry have to play our part in all the ways we can.

“There needs to be greater investment in skills and training if the UK is to maintain its global reputation in screen. Other countries are investing in training and upskilling their workforces in the creative industries and we cannot afford to rest on our historic reputation.”

Seetha Kumar, Chief Executive of ScreenSkills, said: “We are asking our colleagues in the industry to help us move skills up the agenda and secure the talent pipeline. We need to invest more, in time and in money, if we are going to seize the huge opportunities for growth.

So how can you help?

ScreenSkills have put together a Giving Back menu for screen professionals. This is a list of the many different ways that you can lend your time, expertise or insight towards improving the whole industry, for everyone. Depending on your expertise or availability, you could do one or many of these things - or if there's another way you feel you could get involved, get in touch with us at: givingback@screenskills.com

Become an industry mentor

The ScreenSkills Mentoring Network, launched in 2019, aims to connect 3,000 mentoring pairs by 2020. You don’t need to be an expert to become a mentor and whether you’re new to the industry, returning after a break (for example, as a parent or carer) or an experienced professional, you could still benefit from finding a mentor to share experience and knowledge with.

Offer training opportunities

There are several ways you can offer real-world training opportunities to new entrants. Whether you are interested in giving placements to new recruits through the Trainee Finder scheme, taking on apprentices or by running other vocational training opportunities, ScreenSkills can support and advise you in each of these pathways.

Host a careers event

Welcome potential new entrants to screen by hosting one of our Open Doors careers events and giving newcomers their first opportunity to hear from those within the industry and network with each other.

Inspire future talent

Give careers talks at schools, colleges or universities, including through our partners Speakers for Schools, Inspiring the Future, and Into Film. Get in touch with careers@screenskills.com to find out more. 

Help make sure students are getting the right information

Act as an industry assessor for ScreenSkills’ accreditation programme to help us ensure that higher and further education courses are genuinely useful and industry-relevant.

Give insight into skills gaps

Give feedback on key industry challenges and skills shortages to our Skills Forecasting Service by completing our regularly forecasting surveys and barometers.

Provide in-kind support

Offer crew, equipment, editing facilities or more to help bring key initiatives, such as the Creative Careers campaign or our mentoring network, to life.

Pay into the Skills Funds

Commonly known as the levies, the Skills Funds support the skills and training programmes managed by ScreenSkills in areas identified by industry. Without these funds, we would not be able to invest in the key areas where skills needs are most vital for our industry.

Be a spokesperson

Help us by sharing all or any of these initiatives across your own networks and social media and lending your voice to our efforts to improve and safeguard the future UK screen industry. Find us on Facebook and Twitter, or sign-up to our newsletters to stay up to date with our latest activity.

For more details or to register your interest in any of these areas, please email givingback@screenskills.com.