Jul 04 , 2019

Animation Skills Fund Discussion

Blue Zoo Animation

One of the biggest issues studios face over the next few years will be the skills shortage. The newly re-booted ScreenSkills Animation Skills Council have set their sights set on addressing that issue as quickly as possible, for studios and individuals at all levels, with many exciting initiatives now being rolled out.

The initiatives are funded by the ScreenSkills Animation Skills Fund which administered by Animation Skills Council. This panel, hosted by Blue Zoo founder and ScreenSkills' Skills Council chair Tom Box, discusses and debates with the panel and audience, how best it can be used by studios, as ultimately it is the studios who are driving the funding. 

Other speakers include Adam Jackson-Nocher, Lupus Films, Kate O'Connor, Animation UK, Helen Piercy, Norwich University of the Arts, Sarah Tanner, Jellyfish Pictures, and Grace Hebditch, Blue Zoo.  With this brilliant panel of senior animation industry and education figures, the discussion at CMC will further the conversation about how this fund can be best used to develop UK talent and the future of animation.

The fund is working to address the skills issue though all career stages. This starts from communicating with young people and parents that a job in animation is a viable and rewarding career, to providing boot-camps to up-skill entry-level workers and providing Continuing Professional Development to help those already in the industry reach their potential. The council has already implemented the Helen North Achieve Programme which gives women in the animation industry training to help them reach the next stage of their career. In the future, the council will create “Returnships” for experienced people returning to the industry after a career break, along with many more initiatives.

Come along to the panel and get involved in the conversation to help shape the use of the fund so it works for everyone, assisting the UK animation industry to go from strength to strength far into the future.

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