11 May 2021
The Future Film Skills programme, delivered for the BFI by ScreenSkills with National Lottery funds, has now helped around 80,000 people with more than 90,000 activities since it was launched three years ago.
The strategy aimed to support 25,000 people by 2022 – 10,000 already in the industry and 15,000 trying to get in.
But strong take-up of training courses, bursaries, careers sessions and mentoring, particularly over the last year, means these numbers have been already exceeded. The coronavirus basic awareness online training which was rolled out last year to support the safe return to work was a particular success and was taken by 56,000 people to the end of March.
Nearly three-fifths of the people supported so far - are already in the industry with about the same number living outside London and the South East. Half of them are women, 14% have told us that they are Black, Asian or minority ethnic, 9% that they have a disability and 13% say they are LGBT.
The figures for most of these under-represented groups are higher without the coronavirus training which was widely adopted by the existing screen workforce. For example, excluding the coronavirus training, 18% of those supported by the Future Film Skills initiative have been from Black, Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds and 14% report a disability.
Support for finding, developing and retaining an inclusive and skilled workforce over the last year of Future Film Skills included: