British Film Commission develops Production Guild of Great Britain partnership with GBP100,000 training investment
The British Film Commission (BFC) is extending its partnership with The Production Guild of Great Britain (PGGB) through a secondary injection of funding. Under a campaign to support the government-backed Stage Space Support and Development Strategy, the BFC will invest a further GBP100,000 towards targeted PGGB training courses. The collaboration is designed to increase access opportunities for experienced and diverse crew as new stage space continues to expand in the UK.
“We’re delighted to grow our partnership with the BFC, which in its first six months has seen 75 professionals benefiting from targeted training and mentoring,” says PGGB’s CEO, Professor Lyndsay Duthie. “Over the last year PGGB’s overall trainee turnover has grown by 400%. This additional investment empowers us to do even more to support skills progression for UK crew in direct response to industry need, during an intensely busy time. Accessing the right training that helps people work confidently or move up to a leadership level capably, is crucial. Our unique Virtual Learning Environment has become an indispensable online tool, enabling participants to access course delivery in a flexible way that suits their busy working lives, whilst also providing ongoing support and dialogue via our forums, that continues way after training is completed.”
“It’s an extremely exciting time for UK film and TV and the benefits are being felt right across the UK’s nations and regions, with existing production hubs growing to accommodate the demand, and new stage space developments in the pipeline,” explains BFC’s Head of Production UK, Samantha Perahia MBE. “Sustainability and skills development are central to the BFC’s Stage Space Support and Development work and essential to maintaining increased levels of production. We are delighted to extend our partnership with PGGB, investing in targeted training courses and increasing access to experienced and diverse crew.”
In 2020, the BFC was awarded GBP4.8 million in additional funding from HM Treasury. The investment supported the organisation’s work in promoting the UK as a destination of choice for studio space investment. In May 2021, the BFC announced the PGGB as an official partner supporting delivery of its Stage Space Support and Development Strategy. This support included an initial GBP100,000 investment to fund targeted training courses for Senior and Junior Location Managers, Production Secretaries and Production Coordinators, as well as the roll out of PGGB’s Mission Inclusion programme. The inaugural PGGB and BFC Diversity and Inclusion Mentor Scheme was launched under the partnership, matching 15 talented mentees with experienced industry mentors working in UK film and High-End TV production.
In 2022, the latest wave of funding will allow the PGGB to deliver training for three key production office roles identified by industry as needing urgent support: Production Secretaries, Production Co-ordinators and Line Producers. Applications from crew working in the Nations and Regions will be encouraged, and courses will be underpinned by structured diversity and inclusion initiatives. Course delivery is supported by the PGGB’s Virtual Learning Environment, an online learning platform that enables asynchronous learning and is regularly updated with CPD materials, additional recordings, updates and resources. Training programmes will be developed delivered from January 2022 onwards, with applications going live later this month.
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