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NFTS, Pinewood Group partner on new training facility

Training facility will develop and strengthen skills within the UK screen industry’s workforce

The National Film and Television School is launching a new education and training hub at Pinewood Studios.

The new facility will be part of Pinewood’s expansion project Screen Hub UK, which also includes new film production facilities.

According to the NFTS, the training facility is the first partnership of its kind globally, and will develop and strengthen skills within the UK screen industry’s workforce.

The training centre will aim to provide core craft skills training, professional short courses for those already working in the screen industry to further develop and upskill their expertise, and virtual production training.

Jon Wardle, NFTS director said: “As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the School in 2021, the NFTS and Pinewood Group remain at the heart of the creative industries. The scale and ambition of this partnership will level up the talent incoming to the UK screen sector, ensuring global productions will benefit from a highly qualified workforce, trained on site at one of the most exciting and progressive studios in the world.”   

Andrew M. Smith, corporate affairs director, Pinewood Group added: “Our unique partnership with the NFTS is an exciting step forward in our commitment to providing a dedicated training and education hub and meeting the growing needs of the UK film industry.”

Buckinghamshire Council is due to make a decision on the Screen Hub UK planning application later in the year.