ScreenSkills opens new funding round for skills training

ScreenSkills has opened a new funding round for film skills training. We are asking training providers to deliver programmes to bridge some of the skills gaps that have been identified by the industry. Applications are open until noon on Friday 3 May.

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We will invest £480,000 in continuing professional development (CPD) to tackle skills shortages faced by the UK film industry. The skills drive is being supported by a mix of National Lottery funds awarded to ScreenSkills by the British Film Institute to deliver its Future Film Skills programme and receipts from films that have contributed to the Film Skills Fund.

ScreenSkills has discussed the findings of research conducted by the Skills Forecasting Service with a working group made of industry professionals representing studios, independent producers, facility houses and suppliers. Based on this it was determined what kind of training we should prioritise in the upcoming year to overcome some of the skills challenges the industry faces.

The working group, led by Hannah Corneck, agreed that ScreenSkills will focus on continuing professional development (CPD) of individuals who have already started their careers in the industry. The Quarterly ScreenSkills Barometer - published in December 2018 - identified difficulties within the industry to fill a range of job roles due to specific skills shortages. To tackle this problem, ScreenSkills will seek to invest in three key areas:

  1. Technical, craft and creative skills
    Training providers are invited to design, manage, market, recruit and deliver inclusive training that develops the professional skills of art directors, line producers, production coordinators, cinema mangers, editors and digital marketeers.
  2. Professional skills shortages
    Six of the ten skills gaps that were identified fall within the area of leadership and management. ScreenSkills welcomes CPD activity that fosters management skills (including supervisory and team working skills), communication and interpersonal skills, project management skills, problem solving skills and improves resilience.
  3. Supporting underrepresented groups
    ScreenSkills is committed to improving the diversity and inclusivity of the industry. This year we will commission CPD activities that either support the development of industry professionals that consider themselves to have a disability or enable individuals with disabilities to enter the industry.

Gareth Ellis-Unwin, ScreenSkills Head of Film and Animation, said: “Our Skills Forecasting Service has identified areas of skills shortages. We are using this round of investment to address some of them, whilst continuing our mission to create a more inclusive and diverse workforce.”

Trainers in all programmes will be required to meet targets for improving inclusion in the industry in the participants they recruit as part of a drive to address low numbers of women and people from black, Asian or minority ethnic or disadvantaged backgrounds in many jobs and grades.

The opening of a new round of investment follows the publication of the new comprehensive ScreenSkills CPD strategy and framework, designed to help professionalise the industry and create clearer pathways by laying out the key competencies that are required to progress.

Applications are open now and will close on 3 May (midday). Successful bids will be announced in the week commencing 10 June 2019.  

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