New training programme aims to boost film skills in Yorkshire

New training programme aims to boost film skills in Yorkshire

Screen Yorkshire has launched SKILL UP - a brand new training programme aimed at boosting film industry skills in the region.

Following news earlier this year that Yorkshire is the UK’s fastest growing region 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 potential 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 become one of the most sought after destinations for film & TV.

SKILL UP has been developed following on from the success of Screen Yorkshire’s 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 said: ‘’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 Screen Yorkshire’s Bootcamp in 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 said: “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.

Programme delivery will take place across a number of days during November and December 2017, and January 2018 with specific dates to be confirmed.

Since it launched the YCF in February 2012 Screen Yorkshire has invested in 40 film & TV projects, including: Dark River, Yardie, Ghost Stories, Journeyman, Dad’s Army, Swallows and Amazons, Testament Of Youth, ’71, National Treasure, Ackley Bridge, The Great Train Robbery, Peaky Blinders, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell and Hank Zipzer.