British Film Institute calls for 10,000 new workers in the British film industry
By Nevern Johns, President
Amanda Nevill, CEO of the British Film Industry, said today: “There is a genuine need for more skilled workers – from hairdressers to accountants, software developers to model makers,” in the British film industry. “They also need to learn and develop their skills from the best, so we call upon everyone in the industry to help us make this a reality. This is not a ‘nice to have’ but an ‘urgent must’ if we are to achieve the growth potential for U.K. film that is in front of us.”
This was a call to action from one of the UK film industry’s bigwigs which looks like it’s going to be a serious drive. Karen Bradley, the Culture Secretary in the Conservative government, said: “The UK film industry is one of our biggest success stories, and the films made here are loved by audiences around the world. For this to continue, we need to nurture and foster the next generation of talent – both in front of and behind the camera.”
£20 million has been earmarked to attract 10,000 new workers into the industry over the next five years, which is wonderful news for those of us working within UK film. There will be careers service guidance, new standards and accreditation for training and employers, a service to monitor industry needs and identify skills shortages, mentoring, and development programs for existing industry professionals. The £20 million is coming from national lottery funding over the next five years.
This drive has emerged after a BFI report highlighted that in a sector worth £4.3 billion and currently employing 66,000 people, there is still not nearly enough ethnic diversity and sexual equality across the