Where to find help

ScreenSkills and other organisations are there to help you develop your career as a freelancer. 

Director on set of Beauty and the Beast © Laurie Sparham, Disney Enterprises 2016

Building your skills

ScreenSkills also offers a range of training courses and events for those looking to develop and enhance their skills. Take a look at our opportunities. Some are free for participants, others are subsidised. We also offer bursaries to support participation on courses too. Our training is targeted to address skills priorities identified in the industries through our Workforce Survey.

Bursaries

A ScreenSkills bursary is a cash grant designed to remove some of the practical barriers to making progress in the screen industries. Bursaries pay for training or other costs associated with skills development.  We provide bursaries to help ensure the screen industries have access now, and in the future, to the skills and talent needed for continued success. 

You can apply for money to pay for most things that relate to training, work and work-related activities, including training fees, accommodation, care, disability access costs, equipment, software and travel. (See the guidelines for full list)

We aim to offer funding wherever possible, but we cannot promise that all applications will be successful due to limited funding and skills shortage priorities.

Further sector organisations that work on your behalf

Unions

For more information about what a union can offer you, visit joining a union or the Trades Union Congress

Here are some of the most prominent unions and trade bodies in the screen industries:

There are also many trade bodies and charities that support the screen and creative sector, some cover a wide range of the sector and some are sector or department specific.

VFX

Games

Animation

Film and TV drama

For a career in sales, marketing and distribution:

Unscripted TV

Freelance Toolkit third edition - written by Alison Grade.


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