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Skillset Announces 70% Training Subsidies For North West TV Freelancers

TV freelancers in the North West of England will receive tens of thousands of pounds worth of training subsidies, Skillset – the Skills Council for the UK Audio Visual Industries.
TV freelancers from Manchester, Liverpool, Merseyside, Blackpool, Lancashire, Chester and Cheshire and Cumbria will be able to claim up to 70 per cent of the total cost of new training, designed to give industry professionals a competitive edge.
David McCall, Skillset North West Manager, said: “Freelancers are crucial to the success of the TV industry in the North West. This funding gives the region’s freelancers access to training tailored to their needs. With MediaCity:UK and the BBC move, there will be a significant increase in the demand for talent to staff what is set to be a hugely successful international media hub right on our doorstep.”
Lynn Kelly, Training Manager at Vision and Media, said: “We’re determined to use the funding available to offer exactly the kind of training our freelancers want and need. We’ll also be holding some bespoke workshops, focussing on three main areas which we’ve found are essential for anyone working on a freelance basis - technical skills, business skills and legal/editorial skills.”
“Our trainers will be able to look at the individual’s career so far then plot a plan of action, which will hopefully help take them on to the next stage of their career,” Lynn said.
“We can also offer a CV clinic to freelancers, to make sure people are conveying the correct messages to potential employers. We also have legal workshops for researchers and producers, and we’ll be looking at how best to market yourself as a freelancer.”
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