Veterans to be offered location training


Former Armed Forces personnel are to be offered training in location work and unit management through a new scheme from ScreenSkills.

Set to be delivered by the Services Sound and Vision Corporation (SSVC) and Creative Media Skills, the programme will be offering opportunities to individuals who have left the Armed Forces within the last two years. 

An initial information session on the programme will be held at Pinewood Studios on 21 March, where veterans will have a chance to network with working location managers and learn more about the job.

Experts on an industry panel will assess the list of individuals registering their interest in the role and 12 applicants will be invited to attend a two-day ‘boot camp’. Finally, six people will have the opportunity to undergo a six-week paid placement on a high-end TV drama shoot.

“ScreenSkills is dedicated to developing talent and crew across the UK,” said Kaye Elliott, ScreenSkills director of high-end TV.

“Helping experienced professionals who are looking for a career change to identify how they can use their existing skillset in the screen industry is one way of achieving that. 

“Locations and unit management departments, which are experiencing skills shortages, would really benefit from the skills of ex-Armed Forces professionals so we are really pleased to support this scheme.”

The training programme is a response to the ScreenSkills Quarterly Barometer report from December, which identified that the UK’s production industry needs more location managers and skilled individuals are becoming harder to find.


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