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03/04/2008

Iain Smith To Chair Film Industry Training Board

Ministers have announced the appointment of Iain Smith OBE to chair a new Film Industry Training Board (FITB). The FITB will have statutory levy powers to ensure that companies across the film production industry invest in training, meeting the need for world-class skills in UK film making.
Iain Smith, recently honoured with an OBE for his services to the UK film industry, is a highly acclaimed producer, with blockbuster films such as Cold Mountain, Children of Men, The Fifth Element and Seven Years in Tibet being part of a long list of film credentials.
The FITB, the first ITB to be established in 20 years, has been set up at the request of the film industry following extensive consultation.
It will oversee the delivery and operation of the Skills Investment Fund (SIF), a training levy for the film production industry which will move from voluntary to mandatory status towards the end of 2008.
John Denham, Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, said: "Investment in skills is crucial to the development of any successful UK industry. It is inspiring that the film production industry has embraced a collective responsibility for its own future training and development needs. I pay tribute to Skillset for working with government and the industry to support the establishment of this ground-breaking initiative."
Skills Minister David Lammy said: "I am delighted to announce the appointment of Iain Smith, and look forward to working with him. By making an industry-wide commitment to training, the film production industry will continue to renew and expand its skills base, and will have a strong foundation on which to develop its global reputation for innovation and excellence."
Iain Smith OBE added: "The establishment of a Film Industry Training Board is hugely positive for the UK film production industry. This gives us greater control of our future success. The Board of the FITB will be responsible for setting the training levy and deciding how the money is invested to support us continuing to have the most highly skilled film production workforce in the world."
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