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Skills Task Force recommends new and transformative approach

With a focus on long-term, pan-sector gain, the Screen Sectors’ Skills Task Force has devised a new and transformative approach to skills development across the UK, aligned to the Government's Creative Sector Vision and its ambition for £50 billion growth in the UK Creative Industries by 2030.

Chaired by Creative Executive Georgia Brown with Vice Chair, Pact CEO John McVay, the industry-led Task Force was created to address the urgent skills shortages in physical production across the Film and Television sector. It is the first time the sectors have come together to tackle the systemic challenges to skills development in the industry, with the Task Force being made up of 28 organisations including broadcasters, streamers, unions and trade bodies.

Through a clear, three pillar strategic approach, the proposal sets out a raft of recommendations, including a new remit for a pan sector strategic skills body that will be responsible for working across the sector to develop a long-term pan-sector skills strategy and workforce plan. The Task Force’s lead option is to create the skills body through the transformation of ScreenSkills.

The focus has been creating a strategic framework to support the thousands of individuals who form part of a shared sector workforce and to make the industry a more compelling and fulfilling career option for future generations.

Additional recommendations include fresh revisions to the apprenticeship levy, invigorated engagement with the Further and Higher Education sectors and putting more emphasis on work-place training opportunities that support inclusion, accessibility and provide relevant and meaningful career paths for those working in the sector.

Download the full report:

Report: A Sustainable Future for Skills


Recommended actions by the Screen Sectors’ Task Force to deliver proposals:

The first proposal establishes the structures and partnership approach that embed screen sector collaboration for the long term.

Strengthen strategy and partnerships
– A new remit for shaping pan-sector skills strategy and partnerships
– A new approach to industry skills data and analysis including skills development impact assessment
– A new approach to partnership with the education sector

The second and third set of actions address strategic priorities for skills development.

Build sustainable growth and sustainable careers
– A new focus on transferable skills to enhance employment opportunities
– Greater support for job mobility including return to work and industry transfer programmes
– Extended pilots to support wider roll out of flexible and inclusive working patterns
– A dedicated sector plan for future skills
– A joined-up skills strategy across physical and digital production

Put work-based learning at the heart of skills development
– Apprenticeship reform to unlock sector apprenticeships at scale

Increased priority for work-based skills development including
– More placements to increase sector diversity and inclusion
– More placements to build experience and capability at mid and senior career level
– Strengthened delivery of work-based skills development with additional support of trainers