SCREEN YORKSHIRE ANNOUNCES ‘SKILL UP’: A NEW TRAINING PROGRAMME TO BOOST FILM SKILLS IN YORKSHIRE
PRESS RELEASE Monday 2nd October – Screen Yorkshire today launches SKILL UP – a brand new training programme aimed at boosting film industry skills in Yorkshire. Following its news earlier this year that the region is the UK’s fastest growing for film & TV, Screen Yorkshire has designed SKILL UP to support the development of Yorkshire’s highly regarded existing crew base and demystify the industry for new entrants.
As the region’s popularity as a centre for filming grows, there are increasing opportunities for people to enter or progress across a wide range of roles within the industry; everything from grips to wigs, graphics or prosthetics. Screen Yorkshire has designed SKILL UP, a multi-modular skills and knowledge development programme, to maximise an individual’s chances of success and help Yorkshire to become one of the most sought after destinations for film & TV.
Screen Yorkshire has developed SKILL UP following on from the phenomenal success of its BOOTCAMP training scheme, with the support of Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund. The brand new two tiered initiative is targeted at both Yorkshire based new entrants keen to break into the film industry and more established industry professionals who are seeking to take their career to the next level.
Richard Knight, head of production at Screen Yorkshire says: ‘’I’m delighted to be able to bring further training opportunities to Yorkshire after the significant impact of the previous bootcamp schemes. With the additional remit to develop existing behind-camera talent in the industry – and with a stellar line-up of speakers being booked, there’ll be a kaleidoscope of training opportunities on offer in the coming months.’’
Since his attendance on Bootcamp 2016, Ben Reid from York now has VFX credits on Star Wars: The Last Jedi , Andy Serkis’ directorial debut Breathe and David Bruckner’s The Ritual. Ben says:
‘’Screen Yorkshire’s Bootcamp was a fantastic opportunity to galvanise my career transition into the film business. It was very useful in opening my eyes to all the various jobs that are available, and the skills that you need to be successful in each.
If you want to get into the business you have work your way in, sometimes from imaginative angles. Screen Yorkshire’s scheme gave me access to people in the industry and an opportunity to grill them about their job.’’
With a variety of modules on offer, successful applicants will be assessed according to current skill level and offered a bespoke package of training. A typical package for a new entrant will include 3 days of talks and training from highly regarded industry professionals. Individuals further along the career ladder will be offered a bespoke programme of mentoring and work shadowing specifically tailored to their needs.
Programme delivery will take place across a number of days during November and December 2017, and January 2018 (*dates to be confirmed following acceptance onto the programme). Each applicant expected to commit to a minimum of three days training.
‘SKILL UP’ is now open to applications from individuals based in Yorkshire & Humber
For further information and guidelines, visit: http://www.screenyorkshire.co.uk/skills/skill-up
The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 20th October 2017.
Screen Yorkshire particularly welcomes applications from those who consider themselves to have a disability, or applicants with a BAME background. Screen Yorkshire’s Film Industry ‘SKILL UP’ is supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, with BFI’s Film Forever National Lottery funds.