Yorkshire colleges initiative to help television and film industry

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by Stephen Chapman

Screen Yorkshire has launched a new group to help young people break into the television and film sector.

The Connected Campus for Colleges partnership will enable students to access a number of boot camps and special events related to the industry.

“Connected Campus  is far more than just a network that shares good practice,” said Glyn Middleton, Head of Skills at Screen Yorkshire.

“The programme is encouraged and supported by broadcasters in the region, keen to harness the local talent in the region's colleges. The programme of learning is designed to adapt to the rapidly fluctuating developments in the screen industries, such as skills gaps that emerge as a result of new technologies, or an increase in production activity as a result of new companies or broadcasters migrating to the region.’’

It builds upon the success of its Connected Campus group, which has been running with universities for more than 2 years.

The 4 founding members are Wakefield College, Bradford School of Art, University Centre Leeds, and York College University Centre – all of which offer courses related to TV and Film production. More colleges are expected to join the group from across the region in the coming months.

“We really welcome the creation of the Connected Campus for Colleges by Screen Yorkshire and look forward to working closely with this group,” said Kevin Blacoe, Head of Relationships, Channel 4's Nations & Regions, based in Leeds.

“Our 4Skills initiative is intended to seek out, support and develop diverse talent in the Nations and Regions and the Connected Campus for Colleges provides a great opportunity to engage with young people across the region, including those who might never have thought a career in broadcasting was within reach.”

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