The British Film Institute is to undertake a review of film and high-end TV skills on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
The BFI is working with ScreenSkills, national and regional screen agencies, trade bodies, unions and leading industry figures on the project which will focus on the commonality of job roles across both film and high-end TV, whilst also taking into consideration the skills needs of emerging technology such as virtual production.
According to the BFI, the UK production sector need to continue to work on improving inclusion of people from underrepresented groups, as well as a need to build workforces outside of London and the south east of England.
The UK Skills Review will build on existing research around the sector’s needs and deficits, including studies conducted by ScreenSkills and other industry organisations. It will identify key issues and current interventions, and propose new approaches where appropriate. The scope of the review sits across the entire talent development pipeline, from secondary education, further and higher education through to vocational training, apprenticeships and continuing professional development.
Ben Roberts, chief executive of the BFI, said: “Future proofing the industry’s skills is one of our key strategic priorities. This review will help us to stay ahead of the immediate and long term demands of our rapidly evolving sector. It will also help us to meet our vision of ensuring people from all backgrounds and wherever they live, have the opportunity to access jobs in film and television production across the whole of the UK.”