This week thousands of teenagers received their A-Level and vocational results, and started to this about their futures.
A recent survey by the Association of Accounting Technicians shows that many young people were keen to pursue a career in the screen industries. Over half of school leavers (53%) are interested in pursuing a career in the TV and Film industry with six out of ten (59%) interested in knowing about behind the scenes of films and TV shows.
However, only 18% believe it is a realistic option for them and nearly three quarters (71%) of school leavers think the film and TV industry is too difficult to get into unless you’re well connected.
The good news is that ScreenSkills is here to help provide a pathway to a range of careers across the screen industries and, with the UK being a global industry leader, there are increasingly more ways to make that connection.
“ScreenSkills is committed to ensuring that anyone who dreams of a career in the screen industries can make it a reality. Therefore, we would encourage any young person leaving school this summer and interested in a career behind the camera to engage with us,” commented Seetha Kumar, CEO, ScreenSkills. “We have a comprehensive portfolio of online resources that can help someone learn more about a career in the sector, how to get their first break as well as identify roles that they might be specifically interested in, using our job profiles and career maps. Additionally, we will continue to support them, helping them to progress, developing their technical, professional and leadership skills.”
The advice and resources located on the ScreenSkills website help identify the wide range of skills needed in everything from post-production and accounting to hair and make-up and set design, and what routes are best to take to reach them.
For some, studying at university can be the first step in a rewarding career in the screen sector. ScreenSkills Select identify and endorse further education courses across the UK that are best placed to offer the training, knowledge and industry links to a successful career. These Select courses have been identified by people working in the screen industries as offering a strong preparation for a career in film, TV, animation, VFX or games and must prove they have high quality teaching and they are also plugged into the world of screen industries by having great links with employers.
You can find out more by checking out the courses listed in our ScreenSkills Select course directory.
Alternatively, there are also an increasing number of great apprenticeships available in the screen industries – which you can read more about on our apprenticeships pages.
Whatever way you want to enter the world of film and TV, ScreenSkills is here to offer support and guidance to help you discover your future career in this exciting industry.
Read about Select endorsed courses