The industry-led skills body for UK screen is asking trainers in all programmes to meet targets for improving inclusion in the industry in the participants they recruit as part of a concerted effort to address low numbers of women and people from black, Asian or minority ethnic or disadvantaged backgrounds in many jobs and grades.
The skills drive is being supported by a mix of National Lottery funds awarded to Creative Skillset by the British Film Institute to deliver its Future Film Skills programme and receipts from films that have contributed to the Film Skills Investment Fund, commonly known as the film levy.
Having had a number of conversations about significant productions looking to shoot in the UK, it is clear that existing skills shortages are only likely to become even more pressing.
For this funding round, Creative Skillset has invited training providers to design, manage, market, recruit and deliver inclusive training programmes in four areas:
- New entrants.
- People returning to work after a career break or transferring from another sector or industry.
- Film professionals in priority areas such as art directing, locations, accountancy and VFX.
- Developing management and film executives.