New skills scheme launched by Screen York­shire

Yorkshire Post - Business - - BUSINESS -

SCREEN YORK­SHIRE has launched a new train­ing pro­gramme aimed at boost­ing film in­dus­try skills in the re­gion.

Fol­low­ing its news ear­lier this year that the re­gion is the UK’s fastest grow­ing for film & TV, Screen York­shire has de­signed Skill Up to sup­port the de­vel­op­ment of York­shire’s highly re­garded ex­ist­ing crew base and de­mys­tify the in­dus­try for new en­trants.

Skill Up is a multi-mod­u­lar skills and knowl­edge de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme, to max­imise an in­di­vid­ual’s chances of suc­cess and help York­shire to be­come one of the most sought af­ter des­ti­na­tions for film and TV. Screen York­shire has de­vel­oped Skill Up fol­low­ing on from the suc­cess of its Boot­camp train­ing scheme, with the sup­port of Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund.

The brand new two-tiered ini­tia­tive is tar­geted at both York­shire-based new en­trants keen to break into the film in­dus­try and more es­tab­lished in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als who are seek­ing to take their ca­reer to the next level.

Richard Knight, head of pro­duc­tion at Screen York­shire, said: “I’m de­lighted to be able to bring fur­ther train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to York­shire af­ter the sig­nif­i­cant im­pact of the pre­vi­ous boot­camp schemes.

“With the ad­di­tional re­mit to de­velop ex­ist­ing be­hind-cam­era tal­ent in the in­dus­try – and with a stel­lar line-up of speak­ers be­ing booked, there’ll be a kalei­do­scope of train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties on of­fer in the com­ing months.”

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He said: “Screen York­shire’s Boot­camp was a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to gal­vanise my ca­reer tran­si­tion into the film busi­ness. It was very use­ful in open­ing my eyes to all the var­i­ous jobs that are avail­able, and the skills that you need to be suc­cess­ful in each. Screen York­shire’s scheme gave me ac­cess to peo­ple in the in­dus­try and an op­por­tu­nity to grill them about their job.”

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