UK Nations welcome new BFI training announcement

Ffilm Cymru Wales, Creative Scotland and Northern Ireland Screen welcome the BFI’s announcement launching their Future Film Skills Programme, spearheaded by Creative Skillset.

We look forward to working alongside Creative Skillset, the National Film & Television School, industry and other partners to support a range of inclusive training initiatives that work for everyone across the UK. Strategic and creative collaboration is vital to ensuring that new opportunities will break down barriers of entry, and provide the ability to remain in and build sustained careers across the sector.

Natalie Usher, Director, Screen at Creative Scotland said: “Creative Scotland welcomes this announcement, alongside our colleagues in the other Nations. Strengthening the skills base in Scotland is key and we look forward to working in close partnership with Creative Skillset as it builds skills infrastructure and provides opportunities right across the UK.

“This announcement comes at the end of an important year for skills development in Scotland, with the publication of Equality Matters: A Review of Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion in Scotland’s Screen Sector in January 2017 and the formation of a Screen EDI Working Group to consider how the recommendations of the Review can be implemented in order to improve both on and off-screen representation. This was followed by the announcement that the National Film & Television School is to set up a base in Glasgow at BBC Scotland Pacific Quay, the first outside of London and, just this week, publication of the Screen Unit Proposal, which positions skills and talent development at its heart.”

Ffilm Cymru Wales’ Chief Executive Pauline Burt adds that “The devolved nations have long been test beds for agile and adaptive approaches to overcoming challenges in developing the creative industries workforce.  For example, in Wales we are seeing the benefits of working with large-scale, highly motivated and expert partners in the form of Housing Associations, who are terrific at reaching and supporting new entrants from socio-economically deprived areas.”

Further information on the BFI Future Film Skills Programme can be found here.