21st May 2019
A nationwide campaign to recruit new and diverse talent into UK film and television will launch this week in response to the growth and increasing demand from one of the country’s most vibrant industries.
ScreenSkills, the skills body for UK screen supported by industry and the BFI with National Lottery funds, will run the campaign in cinemas, social media and online. It responds to skills gaps and diversity data identified by new research revealed today and a commitment from the screen industries to build a more inclusive workforce.
Find Your Future in Film and TV will feature the stories of seven talents in different parts of the industry, showing the wide range of jobs available behind the camera – from assistant directing and hair and make-up to lighting, locations and exhibition.
Developed to show the general public the possibilities for employment in the UK’s booming screen industries, it will signpost information about the routes in, including for those with in-demand skills from other industries. The longer-term ambition is to grow the workforce in the UK.
For more information on Find Your Future in Film and TV, including quotes from the seven featured talents, read the separate release here.
The campaign is part of a strategy aimed at creating and promoting clearer pathways into the screen industries and professionalising the skills and training of the existing workforce. It is underpinned by the Skills Forecasting Service which has been set up to bolster anecdotal evidence of skills needs with a robust evidential base to make targeted interventions where there is most need.
The Annual ScreenSkills Assessment is a comprehensive analysis of existing data combined with a specially commissioned survey of more than 400 employers on the state of the screen sector workforce. Brought together into one study for the first time, headline statistics unveiled today show the screen industry sectors (television, film, VFX, animation and games) have:
The campaign and the new research are supported by the BFI, awarding National Lottery funds as part of its Future Film Skills strategy. The research was developed in partnership with the Work Foundation.
Seetha Kumar, ScreenSkills Chief Executive, said: “The findings we are publishing today are important in helping us to better understand our fast-moving industries and to help us invest sensibly in skills and training to tackle the challenges created by the current production boom.
“The UK’s film and television industry is world-famous and we are launching our Find Your Future in Film and TV campaign to keep it that way. We want to attract new and diverse talent to take on the wide range of jobs available behind-the-camera and help maintain the current success.
“We all know that more needs to be done to make sure that UK screen has an inclusive workforce to help it tell a greater diversity of stories.”
Other headlines of the Annual ScreenSkills Assessment
By bringing together official data from official sources including the ONS (Office for National Statistics) with a specially-commissioned survey of more than 400 employers in the screen industries, ScreenSkills today presents the most comprehensive picture available of one of the UK’s most successful industries.
Among the findings of the work conducted is evidence that:
It also reveals where more information is needed to understand the industry. Further research is needed, for example, to better understand the freelance workforce including its earnings and diversity and how workers move between different parts of the sector, such as from film to high-end television.
In the last year, ScreenSkills has supported programmes for in-demand roles such as grips, script supervisors, location managers, production accountants and set decorating. Initiatives targeted at groups under-represented in the industry included a workshop to introduce more people from BAME backgrounds to action stunts and training to work in VFX production as well as a programme to support women executives in distribution.
ScreenSkills is also working with the Government on helping make the new apprenticeship system work for the screen industries and it offers guidance and other practical information on diversity and inclusivity monitoring on its website.
Please see Appendix 1 for more key statistics. You can read the executive summary of the Annual ScreenSkills Assessment here
For more details of the research or the campaign, please contact Louise Jury, Director of Communications and Marketing, on email@example.com or 020 7713 9883/07841 496636
ScreenSkills, formerly known as Creative Skillset, is the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen industries - animation, film, games, television including children's TV and high-end drama, VFX and immersive technology. We work across the whole of the country to ensure that UK screen has access now, and in the future, to the skills and talent needed for continued success.
The analysis outlined in this press release is part of ScreenSkills’ Skills Forecasting Service, which ScreenSkills is delivering for the BFI as part of its Future Film Skills strategy. The service also includes more regular snaphots of the state of the sector known as the Quarterly ScreenSkills Barometer. The Annual ScreenSkills Assessment and ScreenSkills Forecasting Analysis will be published in full shortly.
ScreenSkills’ work in finding, developing and retaining a skilled workforce for the UK’s screen industries includes:
About the BFI
The BFI is the lead organisation for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive by:
The BFI is a Government arm’s-length body and distributor of Lottery funds for film. The BFI serves a public role which covers the cultural, creative and economic aspects of film in the UK. It delivers this role:
Founded in 1933, the BFI is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter. The BFI Board of Governors is chaired by Josh Berger CBE.
About the Work Foundation
The Work Foundation is an advocacy and research organisation which is a part of Lancaster University
Appendix 1: Screen in official stats
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