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 offers a range of training courses and workshops for those looking to develop and enhance their skills. Some are free for participants, others are subsidised. You can find them in Opportunities. Our training is targeted to address skills priorities identified in the industries through our Skills Forecasting Service.

Building your knowledge

On the ScreenSkills website you can find training resources, which cover different sectors and specialisms, together with e-learning modules and on-demand recordings of previous workshops and webinars. It’s a great resource when you need to know more about a topic quickly. Take a look at our Resources.


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.

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.

Find out more about our ScreenSkills bursaries.

Further sector organisations that work on your behalf


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.




Film and TV drama

For a career in sales, marketing and distribution:

Unscripted TV

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