Screen Yorkshire and the National Film and Television School (NFTS) have announced five new training courses that will provide students with the first industry-recognised UK craft certificates for film and TV. The courses are the first phase of Centre of Screen Excellence: Yorkshire, a ground-breaking pilot supported by ScreenSkills using National Lottery funding awarded by the BFI as part of the Future Film Skills programme.

The five new craft courses in construction, lighting, hair & make-up, costume and production assistant (scripted), will be delivered by the NFTS, one of the leading film schools in the world, in partnership with Leeds College of Building, University Centre Leeds and Keighley College. They will be taught by industry professionals and include work placements and on-set experience.

The UK film and television industries are thriving, particularly in Yorkshire, contributing to the economy and creating thousands of jobs, resulting in a need for trained and qualified crew. Centre of Screen Excellence: Yorkshire is establishing innovative partnerships to meet this demand and support further growth in the region.  The courses have been designed by NFTS in response to industry, with each of these craft skills identified by ScreenSkills as ‘in demand’. They will provide students from any background with a clear pathway into the industry, developing their skills, and preparing them for the specific demands of working within these industries.

With the support of the NFTS, all students will also take part in two ‘boot camps’ designed to prepare them for the specific requirements of film and TV, such as their role within a department, set etiquette and the challenges of freelance life (including tax, invoicing and networking).

Centre of Screen Excellence: Yorkshire has been built on a strong foundation. The region’s film and TV sector has been invigorated in recent years, with Screen Yorkshire’s investment activities helping to deliver unprecedented growth in employment and turnover; more than double the rate of any other region in the UK.

The new craft courses are part of a portfolio of initiatives being rolled out across the region by Centre of Screen Excellence: Yorkshire, aimed at upskilling the local workforce and creating new opportunities for individuals wishing to develop their careers in the screen industries. With the arrival of Channel 4’s National HQ and Sky’s Innovation Hub in Leeds also demonstrating significant support for the growth of the sector in Yorkshire, the long-term ambition is to establish the region as a nationally recognised centre for training in the screen industries.

Sally Joynson, Chief Executive, Screen Yorkshire said: ‘’The launch of the UK Craft Certificates for film and TV in Yorkshire is a significant milestone in our ambitious growth plan for the region’s screen industries. Our partnership with the world leading NFTS will arm trainees with skills that reflect the most up to date needs of the sector and give productions filming in our region the confidence that the crews entering the workforce will be trained to the highest industry standards. It’s a win-win formula for the screen sector and Yorkshire.’’

Jon Wardle, NFTS Director said: “The delivery of these innovative new courses by the NFTS demonstrates our continued commitment to providing high calibre, job ready graduates who can meet the demands of the creative industries in Leeds and beyond. With the opening of NFTS Leeds just around the corner, we are delighted to play a pivotal role in seeking out and developing new pools of talent in the region.”

Seetha Kumar, ScreenSkills CEO said: “The Centre of Screen Excellence: Yorkshire initiative is forging strong new partnerships between industry and education to offer local people from all backgrounds new opportunities of joining our exciting sector and to support filmmakers, production companies and broadcasters with the ambition of making more work outside of London and the South East.

“These new courses will offer much-needed quality training and – along with our mentoring and bursaries - help develop the skilled workforce that will enable Yorkshire and Humber to expand as a home to film and television production. We look forward to welcoming our first recruits.”

Centre of Screen Excellence: Yorkshire is delivered by Screen Yorkshire in partnership with the National Film and Television School (NFTS) and supported by ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by the BFI as part of the Future Film Skills programme. The Centre aims to demonstrate how partners joining forces can amplify the impact of targeted investment into training and build a greater skilled workforce outside London and the South East.

Yorkshire emerged as a logical place to pilot the ambitious plan to build production capacity in the regions because of work already carried out by Screen Yorkshire in developing partnerships with existing production facilities, further and higher education institutions including the West Yorkshire College Consortium, LEPs and other stakeholders.

The courses are specifically targeted towards students who want to break into film and television. We actively seek to address under representation within the screen industries by encouraging people to apply whatever their background. No previous experience is necessary, but training is an investment both for the candidate and the provider, so candidates must demonstrate a clear commitment to achieving a high level of proficiency and dedication to the craft.

Prospective students should go to: https://www.screenyorkshire.co.uk/craftcourses for full application details and guidelines. The deadline for applications is Monday 13th January.

For Screen Yorkshire Press Enquiries:

Rachel McWatt, Communications Manager, Screen Yorkshire: 0113 236 8236 or rachelm@screenyorkshire.co.uk

About Screen Yorkshire

Screen Yorkshire champions the film, TV, games and digital industries in Yorkshire and the Humber, UK. Its aim is to secure and support the very best projects, companies and individuals, helping to make the region one of the most sought-after destinations for production in the UK.

Screen Yorkshire offers production financing through its Yorkshire Content Fund. Credits include: Official Secrets, Hope Gap, All Creatures Great and Small, Ackley Bridge, Dark River, Yardie, Ghost Stories, Stardog & Turbocat, Journeyman, Dad’s Army, Swallows and Amazons, Testament of Youth, ’71, National Treasure, The Great Train Robbery, Peaky Blinders, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell and Hank Zipzer.

Screen Yorkshire delivers the Film Office services for Yorkshire & Humber and has been leading the development of the Yorkshire Screen Hub, a cluster for the screen industries, recognised by the BFI in 2016 as the first awardee of funds from its Creative Cluster Challenge Fund. Screen Yorkshire also works with ScreenSkills, NFTS and the BFI to develop regional and UK wide talent by devising and delivering industry schemes

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