How we invest in the UK film workforce

We are pleased to share the new 2019 film showreel. The four-minute film gives an overview of the work we do, the number of crew and talent we have supported and why it is so important that we keep investing in the workforce.

Stan and Ollie © Aimee Spinks, Fable Pictures

The Film Skills Fund has invested more than £13 million in skills and training for UK film production since it was established in 1999. ScreenSkills also leads the delivery of the BFI’s Future Films Skills strategy, investing National Lottery funds, and receives funding from the Arts Council England. All these streams of income are crucial in enabling us to tackle skills shortages and to make the workforce more diverse and inclusive.

In 2019/20 ScreenSkills will invest again in targeted and effective skills training for crew at all career stages. Keep an eye on the website for regular updates on new skills programmes launching or explore any of the current programmes from which Skills Fund contributors and freelancers can benefit:

  • Trainee Finder: Productions can be matched with trainees from our annual entry-level placement scheme. Read more about Trainee Finder or download the Film Trainee Finder FAQs for productions (PDF).
  • Mentoring: The ScreenSkills Mentoring Networkaims to match mentoring pairs to enable new and established professionals to support each other as they progress in their careers. Being a mentor enables professionals to give back to the industry whilst expanding their skillset.
  • Bursaries: ScreenSkills is committing more than £500,000 in 2019/20 to bursaries for individual screen professionals for training and will support a range of opportunities that haven't previously been eligible. We are also opening up the bursaries programme to new entrants for the first time.

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