Prime Video has committed to spending £10 million across three years on a new training initiative designed to open up access to jobs in the TV and film industry across the UK.
The company is working with the National Film and Television School on the academy programme, titled Prime Video Pathway.
The academy will build to having places for 75 people per year, who will be offered the chance to apply for a variety of craft and technical roles on Prime Video commissioned productions in the UK.
Prime Video has also committed to fund and co-programme two courses designed to support the entry of new diverse voices into TV and film production, as it becomes a key partner of the School.
The initiative will open for its first applicants soon, and offer roles across production, art department, locations, camera, sound, and accounting.
Prime Video has also become co-sponsor of the NFTS’ Post Production Supervision Certificate, which is designed to give a grounding in the fundamentals key to effective post production management. Prime Video will fund an additional intake of students to start in September 2022.
“The UK is home to an extraordinary wealth of creative talent, and as our home-grown productions grow, we need to support a sustainable and diverse talent pool with world-class training, and a new creative generation for the industry,” said Dan Grabiner, head of UK Originals, Amazon Studios.
“We are delighted to be committing £10 million towards that goal today, and thank the NFTS and colleagues across the TV and film industry for their support in helping us fulfil our ambitious goals. To those considering a career in the creative industries: we want to hear from you!”
Jon Wardle, director of the National Film and Television School, added: “The NFTS is synonymous with developing the world’s best creative talent through our world class training. We are thrilled to work with Prime Video on this landmark collaboration, which will increase representation behind the camera and scale up the skills required by the many original productions coming down the track.
“A new generation will be offered life-changing opportunities to join the UK’s production juggernaut and we look forward to a raft of new trainees and students from across the country joining us for the exciting ride ahead!”