8 Sep 2020
Another 600 mentees will be supported thanks to collaborations between ScreenSkills and 15 organisations across the UK including MAMA Youth, Creative Access and Bectu Cymru.
Supported by National Lottery funds awarded by the BFI as part of the Future Film Skills programme being delivered by ScreenSkills, the collaborations are targeted at helping build a more inclusive behind-the-camera workforce and addressing skills gaps and shortages in the screen industries.
ScreenSkills runs its own programme matching those wanting a mentor with volunteers. It also supports partners to run mentoring programmes aimed at people:
The successful applicants this year were:
They join a wider community of best practice in mentoring which is being supported by ScreenSkills and includes previously funded as well as non-funded partners. Our non-funded partners include:
All mentors and mentees can access a range of resources, including many on the ScreenSkills website, to support them forge constructive mentoring partnerships.
“ScreenSkills is very pleased to be working with all organisations to support and promote mentoring across the UK screen industry. Mentoring benefits mentees, mentors and the industry as a whole, making it more relevant, representative and robust. Together with these and other partner organisations, mentoring can and will make a difference.” Jane Saunders, ScreenSkills Mentoring Manager
“Bectu Cymru is excited to be working with ScreenSkills on our new inclusive ‘Mentoring 4 Screen’ programme. We are targeting often neglected craft, technical and production grades working in TV and film throughout Wales who don’t usually have access to much needed support from a mentor to help them to progress and flourish wherever they are in their career.” Siân Gale, Bectu Cymru Skills and Development Manager
“We are so thrilled to be working with ScreenSkills on this mentoring scheme. There are so many young people from marginalised communities who are desperate to enter the screen industries but have no idea where to start. This opportunity will allow them to get one on one support to help make their dreams a reality – and more importantly help the screen industries in time to better represent our society.” Josie Dobrin, Chief Executive of Creative Access
“MAMA Youth Project are inspired by the positive outcomes we continue to see from our Two-Way Mentoring Programme in collaboration with ScreenSkills. We feel it’s now more important than ever to help those from under-represented backgrounds get on and stay on the industry ladder and evidence shows that mentoring can play a significant role in this. The funding our charity receives has rendered this programme a success by enabling us to have staff dedicated to facilitating the scheme, managing the matching process, engaging high profile mentors and overseeing the partnerships throughout the programme. We are extremely grateful to ScreenSkills, the National Lottery and the BFI for their ongoing support.” Cristina Ciobanu, MAMA Youth Project Director of Operations