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Screen Yorkshire Launches New Training Programme

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Screen Yorkshire has announced details of a new training programme that aims to increase film industry skills in the region. The news comes after it was revealed earlier this year that the region is the UK's fastest growing for Film and TV.

SKILL UP has been designed by Screen Yorkshire to support the development of Yorkshire's existing crew base and demystify the industry for new entrants. As the popularity of filming in the region increases, there are more opportunities for people to enter or progress across a range of roles; from grips to wigs, graphics or prosthetics. This multi-modular skills and knowledge development programme will maximise an individual's chances of success and help Yorkshire to become one of the most sought after destinations for film & TV.

SKILL UP follows the success of Screen Yorkshire's BOOTCAMP training scheme, with the support of Creative Skillset's Film Skills Fund. The 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.

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 three 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.

Applications to this round of SKILL UP close at 5pm on 20 October, 2017. Programme delivery will take place across a number of days during November and December 2017, and January 2018. Each applicant is expected to commit to a minimum of three days training.

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."

The guidelines for applicants is available to view here.

An application form can be found here.

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.

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