Developing individuals in the film & TV industries

Screen Yorkshire Training Programme: image © Lisa Stonehouse

Training and skills

Having a workforce with the right skills is vital to sustaining regional film & TV production levels, which is why developing talent to foster a skilled workforce is a central pillar of Screen Yorkshire’s growth strategy.

At a national level, we work together with the BFI and ScreenSkills; locally, Screen Yorkshire collaborates with 23 colleges of Higher and Further Education in the Yorkshire & Humber region to introduce new ways to upskill local film & TV crews and to train the would-be directors and producers of the future.

We recently announced a ground-breaking initiative to establish a centre of excellence for film and television in Yorkshire. ScreenSkills, the skills body for the UK screen industries (formerly Creative Skillset), will work with Screen Yorkshire and the National Film and Television School to assess how joining forces can amplify the impact of targeted investment into training and build a greater skilled workforce outside London and the South East. The centre of excellence is part of a portfolio of initiatives being rolled out across the region by Screen Yorkshire, aimed at upskilling the local workforce and creating new opportunities for individuals wishing to establish a career in the screen industries.

Screen Yorkshire also designs its own industry-recognised training schemes, such as Skill Up and Bootcamp, which have proved pivotal to supporting individuals at the beginning of their careers in the film & TV industry.

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Bootcamp Skill up

Not many moons ago I was in a car park on Screen Yorkshire's first ever 'Bootcamp' courtesy of Richard Knight, watching an SFX demo from the great Ian Rowley. Who would of thought that in under 4 years I'm now a Senior SFX Tech who's worked on and managed exciting TV like the last 5 series of The Crystal Maze and the new Poirot working alongside legends like John Malkovich.

Steve Langfield, Senior SFX Tech and former 'Bootcamp' trainee

The Screen Yorkshire team are passionate and dedicated to give people their time and experience to help them to learn everything they can about the industry

Paul Coverdale, Locations Scout and former Bootcamp' trainee

We want to maximise an individual’s chances of success in the industry and make sure Yorkshire & Humber continues to be one of the most sought-after destinations for film & TV.

Richard Knight, Head of Production at Screen Yorkshire

Case studies

Find out more about our training and skills support

  • Richard Knight, Production Liaison and Education

    Richard Knight, Production Liaison and Education

    Richard assists with the day to day running of the Film Office and also manages Screen Yorkshire’s training and education programmes. Richard has worked for fifteen years as a location manager, predominantly in Yorkshire on films including Four Lions and This is England, and TV Dramas such as Utopia and Prisoners Wives. As such, he has an excellent knowledge of Yorkshire’s diverse range of locations and the logistics of filming in them.