ScreenSkills to invest £270,000 in animation workforce

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The ScreenSkills Animation Skills Council is investing £270,000 of industry contributions to the Animation Skills Fund this year to develop and sustain a word-class animation workforce.

The funding for 2019/20 has so far enabled Animated Women to UK to deliver the 'Helen North Achieve Programme' offering an intensive introduction to strategic career management for 24 women at different stages of their career in animation and VFX. 

A grant has also been awarded to 3Dami to train 200 college and university students and more than 1,500 school pupils to use the animation software Blender. 

In upcoming months, the Animation Skills Fund will also invest in a return-to-work scheme, storyboard and 2D layout training for industry professionals and a series of online skills-based masterclasses. More information on these programmes will be announced soon.

To attract new talent, much emphasis this year will be placed on explaining the range of jobs available in animation. In collaboration with IntoFilm, the Animation Skills Fund has commissioned lesson plans to introduce secondary school students to the careers opportunities the animation industry can offer them.

In addition, investment in a back-to-school initiative will encourage approximately 300 industry professionals with two to three years of industry experience to return to their schools to talk about their job roles, the steps they took to break into the industry and what it is like to work in animation.

Targeting people older than 18, the Animation Skills Fund will sponsor some Open Doors events. These two-hour networking sessions enable new entrants to get careers advice directly from industry experts. A couple of Open Doors events will also be organised for freelancers already working animation, to enable them to network with like-minded professionals and help them to connect to local employers.

Finally, the 2019 edition of Manimation will receive funding. Hosted in Manchester, this conference is designed to inform and train animation production companies, producers and freelancers in the key factors for success.

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