Report – Roundtable 2: Skilling Up
A roundtable discussion about how education and training providers are supporting the industry to improve recruitment.
Katie Lander – Brown Bag Films
- Brown Bag Films doubled their workforce this year with 70 new staff members – 45 per cent of new recruits are on short-term contracts and from the EU.
- The industry is facing a staggering issue around talent and we need to future-proof the problem.
- Employers need to take responsibility and help to shape apprenticeships as there is no consistency between each company and each apprenticeship scheme.
- There are no animation apprenticeships offered in the North West.
- Apprenticeships are not just for people looking for their first jobs. They are also for individuals already within their career.
- The focus needs to be finding assessors who understand the industry.
- ScreenSkills can bring HE and apprenticeships together.
Carl Sargeson – Arch Apprentices
- There have recently been big improvements on the standard of apprenticeships as they are now designed by people in industry and look at competence of individuals in the workplace.
- People in their 20 and 30s are now completing apprenticeships.
- Assessors are sector specific and from a variety of backgrounds.
Gareth Ellis-Unwin – ScreenSkills
- Tasked with recruiting 10,000 people to the industry over next four years.
- There is a new focus on connectivity between employers, what education is offering and the different stages of people’s careers.
- There are four barriers to entering the sector: geography, contacts, ‘you can’t be what you can’t see’ and maturity to go into a company. All these are a shared responsibility.
- Mentoring is crucial.
- We need to help employers, employ!
- The industry is lots more than just flashy jobs.
Ben Elson – The Manchester College
- FE/HE are working hard to get students work ready.
- For far too many students FE is their first encounter with animation – they do not think of it as a job, it is more something to do.
- There is an awareness that what other companies are doing is essential.
- The college has created a bootcamp where it pairs companies with students.
- Mentoring is the single most effective thing Ben has ever seen and it should be part of the system.
- HEs/FEs can offer apprenticeships. The college is starting a Level 4 animation course in 2019.
- The college has worked as a mini-agency helping the industry find staff from within the classroom.
- It is essential to offer courses in association with companies as it opens industry doors into classrooms and potential employees.
Brown Bag Films/Workforce Development and Apprenticeship Consultant
UK Head of Learning & Development, Brown Bag Films
Head of Film
The Manchester College
Senior Business Development Manager
Access Creative College