Magazine article Screen International

Creative Skillset Wins £19M National Lottery Tender

Magazine article Screen International

Creative Skillset Wins £19M National Lottery Tender

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Skillset will deliver the majority of the BFI’s Future Film Skills programme.

UK skills agency Creative Skillset has won a £19m National Lottery award to deliver the majority of the BFI’s Future Film Skills programme, which was a strategic priority of BFI2022, the organisation’s five-year plan for UK film.

The competitive tender process was overseen by a panel of industry leaders chaired by Barbara Broccoli who were unanimous in their decision.

The award endorses the company’s recent shift to concentrate entirely on skills across the UK’s screen-based creative industries. Earlier this year Skillset appointed Endemol Shine CEO Richard Johnston as its chair.

The Future Film Skills Programme was launched by the BFI and the ‘film sector task force’ in June 2017 at the House of Commons and identified the need for 10,000 more people working in film, and to provide training for an estimated 30,000 jobs over the next five years in order to boost productivity, diversity and sustainability.

The programme is due to include an industry endorsed careers service, accredited training courses, fast-tracked apprenticeship standards, and industry-led specialist centres for technical and craft skills.

To deliver the programme, Skillset will work with organisations including NFTS, Into Film, BAFTA, the British Film Commission, BECTU, the major broadcasters, trade guilds and industry bodies such as the Film Distributors’ Association and the Independent Cinema Office.

According to the BFI, ’the programme will ensure a strong pipeline of creative talent from the widest range of backgrounds across the UK, enabling productions to draw from a more inclusive talent pool. In particular, individuals from diverse backgrounds who previously may not have been able to gain access to the industry will be able to contribute their talent and experience.”

Workforce “opportunity”

Creative industries Minister Matt Hancock said: “I’m delighted Creative Skillset has been chosen to receive National Lottery funding to help the next generation of creative talent develop the skills they need for careers in areas including film, television and video games. …

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