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Screen Yorkshire creates first industry-recognised craft certificates for film and TV

Screen Yorkshire

Screen Yorkshire and the National Film and Television School (NFTS) have announced five new training courses that will provide students with the first industry-recognised UK craft certificates for film and TV.

The courses are the first phase of Centre of Screen Excellence: Yorkshire. This is a pilot supported by ScreenSkills using National Lottery funding awarded by the BFI as part of the Future Film Skills programme.

The five new craft courses are construction, lighting, hair & make-up, costume and production assistant (scripted), and will be delivered by NFTS, one of the leading film schools in the world, in partnership with Leeds College of Building, University Centre Leeds and Keighley College.

All students will take part in two ‘boot camps’ designed to prepare them for the specific requirements of film and TV, such as their role within a department, set etiquette and the challenges of freelance life.

Sally Joynson, Chief Executive, Screen Yorkshire said: ‘’The launch of the UK Craft Certificates for film and TV in Yorkshire is a significant milestone in our ambitious growth plan for the region’s screen industries.

“Our partnership with the world leading NFTS will arm trainees with skills that reflect the most up to date needs of the sector and give productions filming in our region the confidence that the crews entering the workforce will be trained to the highest industry standards. It’s a win-win formula for the screen sector and Yorkshire.’’

Jon Wardle, NFTS Director, added: “The delivery of these innovative new courses by the NFTS demonstrates our continued commitment to providing high calibre, job ready graduates who can meet the demands of the creative industries in Leeds and beyond.

“With the opening of NFTS Leeds just around the corner, we are delighted to play a pivotal role in seeking out and developing new pools of talent in the region.”

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