Dramatic growth in production in the UK has led to crew shortages at all levels. In light of the significant challenges facing the sector, in 2021 the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) called on the BFI to undertake a skills review, focusing on scripted film and high-end television physical production.
This report captures the key skills challenges facing production, highlights existing approaches and initiatives that could be expanded or learned from, and sets out recommended actions to help inform a future strategy.
The DCMS and BFI will bring together and work with key stakeholders to develop an ongoing industry-led response to the recommendations, including an agreed approach for coordinating, supporting and monitoring skills and training investment going forward. Furthermore, the BFI National Lottery strategy for 2023 to 2033 has a role to play in helping to address inequality of access to advice and guidance, skills and training, and career support.