New programmes to tackle skills shortages and improve inclusion

More than 1,400 people are set to benefit from new training targeted at skills shortages in the UK film industry and at increasing diversity and inclusion.

Birds Eye View | Future Leaders in Distribution

Training providers submitted bids of £2.4 million for the £600,000 of funding from ScreenSkills supported by National Lottery funds awarded to ScreenSkills by the BFI to deliver its Future Film Skills programme and by receipts from films that have contributed to the Film Skills Fund, commonly known as the film levy.available.

25 awards have been made to tackle skills shortage areas, previously identified in the BFI’s Future Film Skills research and in consultation with industry. The largest set of awards made was four for art department training in response to specific shortages such as scenic painters. Other awards support training for location managers, script supervisors, production accounts, draughting, distribution and post-production and for animation which has emerged in discussions with industry as needing targeted help.

All the programmes are required to meet or exceed diversity targets in the participants they recruit as part of the concerted effort to create equality of opportunity for women, disabled people and those from black, Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds and from disadvantaged backgrounds across all jobs and grades. 

A range of initiatives are designed specifically at creating a more inclusive workforce. These include the Birds Eye View Future Leaders in Distribution scheme targeted at increasing the numbers of women at the highest level in distribution and a workshop designed to encourage more black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) stunt workers. A programme to develop 15 neurodiverse talents in the South West will build on work previously supported by ScreenSkills that produced five short films that were selected for the Edinburgh International Film Festival.  

We know that the production boom is creating pressures across the system so in addition to the support we receive from the BFI awarding National Lottery funds, it remains massively important that industry pays into the Film Skills Fund.

Gareth Ellis-Unwin, Head of Film, ScreenSkills

See the full list of training programmes supported by this round of funding. Training will be delivered this financial year (by the end of March). The next round of funding will open in April 2019.

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