Recruitment is open for new film and TV craft certificates 

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Recruitment is under way in Yorkshire for six new courses that will provide students with industry-recognised craft certificates for film and TV.

The courses have been announced by Screen Yorkshire and the National Film and Television School (NFTS) and are the first phase of the Centre of Screen Excellence: Yorkshire, a pilot initiative supported by ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by the British Film Institute (BFI) as part of the Future Film Skills programme.

The six new craft courses in construction, lighting, hair and make-up, grip, costume and production assistant (scripted), will be delivered by NFTS, one of the leading film schools in the world, in partnership with Leeds College of Building, Leeds City College and Keighley College. They will be taught by industry professionals and include work placements and on-set experience.

The UK film and television industries are thriving, particularly in Yorkshire, contributing to the economy and creating thousands of jobs, resulting in a need for trained and qualified crew.

Centre of Screen Excellence: Yorkshire is establishing innovative partnerships to meet this demand and support further growth in the region. The courses have been designed by NFTS in response to industry, with each of these craft skills identified by ScreenSkills as in demand. They will provide students from any background with a clear pathway into the industry, developing their skills, and preparing them for the specific demands of working within these industries.

With the support of the NFTS, students will also take part in two boot camps designed to prepare them for the specific requirements of film and TV, such as their role within a department, set etiquette and the challenges of freelance life (including tax, invoicing and networking).

Seetha Kumar, ScreenSkills CEO said: “The Centre of Screen Excellence: Yorkshire initiative is forging strong new partnerships between industry and education to offer local people from all backgrounds new opportunities of joining our exciting sector and to support filmmakers, production companies and broadcasters with the ambition of making more work outside of London and the South East.

“These new courses will offer much-needed quality training and – along with our mentoring and bursaries - help develop the skilled workforce that will enable Yorkshire and Humber to expand as a home to film and television production. We look forward to welcoming our first recruits.”

Sally Joynson, Chief Executive, Screen Yorkshire said: “The launch of the UK’s first industry recognised certificate for screen craft in Yorkshire is a significant milestone in our ambitious growth plan for the region’s screen industries. Our partnership with the world leading NFTS will arm trainees with skills that reflect the most up to date needs of the sector and give productions filming in our region the confidence that the crews entering the workforce will trained to the highest industry standards. It’s a win-win formula for the screen sector and Yorkshire.”

Jon Wardle, NFTS Director said: “The delivery of these innovative new courses by the NFTS demonstrates our continued commitment to providing high calibre, job ready graduates who can meet the demands of the creative industries in Leeds and beyond. With the opening of NFTS Leeds just around the corner, we are delighted to play a pivotal role in seeking out and developing new pools of talent in the region.”

The six courses are specifically targeted towards students who want to break into film and television. We actively seek to address under representation within the screen industries by encouraging people to apply whatever their background. No previous experience is necessary, but training is an investment both for the candidate and the provider, so candidates must demonstrate a clear commitment to achieving a high level of proficiency and dedication to the craft.

Prospective students can find for full application details and guidelines here. The deadline for applications is Monday 13 January.

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