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Skillset plans film production skills survey
Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for the audio visual industries, is aiming to survey all crew involved in feature film production in the UK over the next year to get a picture of the size, shape and skills needs of the film production workforce.
The survey starts this month and will continue throughout 2006. Skillset says it is working with productions before they start shooting so they can distribute questionnaires and gather information from crews whilst they are working on the feature.
The results will be published in 2007 and will be used to by the industry, Skillset, the UK Film Council and government to plan and target investment in skills development.
£1 will be donated to the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund for every completed questionnaire returned.
This is the second survey of the production workforce undertaken by Skillset. The organisation says the findings of the first survey, which used a different approach and contacted crew after they had finished on the production, have been influential in directing Skillset's work in film under 'A Bigger Future, the UK Film Skills Strategy' - a joint initiative with the UK Film Council that aims to tackle the skills needs of all jobs in film across all grades.
Skillset says 'A Bigger Future' has already established a UK wide network of Screen Academies and a Film Business Academy offering industry endorsed film education and training; funded over £1m worth of short courses in priority areas aimed at the existing workforce; and provided careers information, advice and guidance on how to progress in the film industry.
Judy Counihan, Skillset's Director of Film, said: "Skillset has developed this new research method to tackle the particular challenges of film production. It is difficult to track a freelance workforce which moves around a lot but Skillset needs this information to target our efforts and resources where it's most effective. We want and need as many people working in production in the UK in 2006 to take part and tell us what they need us to be doing to support them."
For more information on 'A Bigger Future' and all Skillset's activities in the film industry visit: www.skillset.org/film
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