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ScreenSkills Welcomes 20 Apprentices

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ScreenSkills, Netflix and WarnerMedia have welcomed a diverse cohort of 20 apprentices on to a pilot programme for apprenticeships in the UK's booming screen industries.

The ScreenSkills apprenticeship pilot will see 10 apprentices train as broadcast production assistants and a further 10 as assistant production accountants across the wide-ranging slates of Netflix and WarnerMedia.

Supported by the Department for Education, this innovative pilot is in the vanguard of Government’s new flexi-job approach to apprenticeships.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport contributed £100,000 towards the pilot, which was devised to explore how to deliver the benefits of an apprenticeship in the screen – and the wider creative – industries, where work is project-based and contracts typically shorter than the minimum 12 months required.

Chosen from 1,600 applications, the 20 successful ScreenSkills apprentices range from school leavers to career changers from areas across the country including Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Portsmouth, and London and the South East.

There is strong representation from groups currently under-represented in the sector including women, those with a disability and those from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

Apprenticeships, which provide individuals with the opportunity to earn as they learn, are seen as one route to improving inclusion within the sector as well as helping to address crucial skills gaps and shortages.

Culture Minister Caroline Dinenage said: "This diverse and talented cohort of young individuals will gain invaluable industry experience exploring the different productions Netflix and WarnerMedia have to offer. It was a privilege to meet the apprentices, and I look forward to watching this fantastic pilot progress over the year ahead."

Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills Gillian Keegan said: "Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to gain the skills you need to succeed in a huge range of exciting industries, enabling people to get the experience they need to progress in the job they want.

“The ScreenSkills pilot will open doors for a diverse talent pool in the UK’s world-leading creative sector, in roles from accountancy to film and TV production, levelling up chances for people to experience the life-changing opportunities an apprenticeship can bring."

Seetha Kumar, ScreenSkills CEO, said: "We are delighted to welcome this enthusiastic and diverse group of apprentices into the industry and look forward to working with WarnerMedia and Netflix to provide them with the most excellent of starts to their screen careers.

"There is huge potential for addressing pressing skills needs and building a more inclusive workforce if the screen industries can utilise Apprenticeship Levy contributions for high quality training, so the lessons learned from this pilot will be invaluable."
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