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Skills and Training 

Skills programme linking education with industry and infrastructure designed to build a sustainable and innovative talent base.

What is Skills and Training?

University of South Wales will develop and co-deliver an innovative skills programme linking education, industry and infrastructure to build a sustainable talent base for the region’s screen sector.

Upcoming skills and training opportunities:

How to be a Greenlancer

While eco-anxiety continues to evolve along with the effects of climate change, it’s never been a more important time for freelancers to adopt and incorporate sustainable practices in their everyday lives. Running a greener freelance business also means tackling those personal emission hotspots such as Transport and Energy, Materials, Food and Waste and one of the valuable takeaways from the session will be to give you a better understanding of your carbon footprint and how you can reduce it.

Delivered by Picture Zero, HOW TO BE A GREENLANCER is an engaging, straightforward guide on how you can be more environmentally focussed and finance-savvy on a very personal level.  And even grow your business, worth and network by differentiating yourself and attracting employers who also value sustainability.

It takes place on various Wednesdays between January and February 2024.

Apply to How to be a Greenlancer 

Moho House: 2D Animation Software Training

Having been used in the Oscar-nominated The Breadwinner, Song of the Sea and Wolfwalkers, Moho Animation Software is widely considered to be an industry standard for professional 2D animation and is being used more and more by successful studios in Wales.

Only issue is, these design and development studios are struggling to find and recruit Moho animators from (inside) Wales.

MOHO HOUSE:  2D ANIMATION SOFTWARE TRAINING aims to fill this skills gap, by offering 8 aspiring animators the opportunity to master all the tools in Moho, while working experientially and experimentally on a commissioned short, Crybaby, produced by Biggerhouse Films CIC and funded by Ffilm Cymru.

Applications close: Friday 9 February 2024

Apply to ‘Moho House: 2D Animation Software Training’

Inclusion Accelerator Wales Programme

INCLUSION ACCELERATOR is a business-building diversity development programme that works closely and collaboratively with small and medium-sized screen sector businesses in Wales to help them be more inclusive in their recruitment and retention of talent. This programme is supported by Channel 4 and BBC Cymru Wales.

This FREE 12-week scheme includes:

  • A state of play review, detailing what you’re doing well and areas where you need to improve like accessibility, communications, recruitment and inclusive work practices.
  • 4 intensive masterclasses to help you gain the knowledge, expertise and confidence to create a consistently representative workplace.
  • 3 consultancy power hours to explore specific business challenges and workable solutions.
  • A unique team survey & report, designed by EDI experts, detailing your team’s actual and perceived diversity, and how you can extend your skills and knowledge in fairer, more authentic ways.
  • Access to Gritty Talent’s EDI toolkit and key resources, enabling you to activate your EDI plan effectively.

Applications close: Friday 26 January

Apply to ‘Inclusion Accelerator Wales Programme’ 

Sustainability Coordinator Training for Scripted Productions

Sustainability Coordinator training for scripted productions is a unique training programme, driven by a pressing need for a more sustainable approach to film production in Wales.  With the creation of an indispensable future-facing role, as a sustainability coordinator, to help action a change of mindset and working habits in the Welsh screen sector at all stages of production.

The course will be delivered by Tilly Ashton, Wales’s only full-time Production Sustainability Advisor for Severn Screen and a BAFTA albert trainer. Tilly’s production credits include the Netflix feature, Havoc, BBC’s Steeltown Murders and Martin Clunes’s new ITV1 drama series, Out There, directed by Welsh director Marc Evans.

This programme will give you:

  • The skills and knowledge needed to succeed as a Sustainability Coordinator in the screen sector.
  • A mentor to guide and support you.
  • A supported placement as a Sustainability Coordinator on a scripted production or feature film.
  • Networking and other opportunities and resources to secure further work.

Apply for ‘Sustainability Coordinator training’

Q&A WEBINAR

There will be an information webinar on Monday 5 February, 1:00-2:00 pm, hosted by Tilly Ashton from Severn Screen.

You will be able ask questions about being a Sustainability Coordinator, the training programme and the application process. You do not have to come to this webinar to apply but it is an opportunity to learn more.

Register for the Webinar

Media Cymru Freelancer Development Fund

Applications now open

Screen sector freelancers based in Wales can now apply for financial assistance to access training opportunities relevant to personal career development. The Media Cymru Skills and Training project, delivered by University of South Wales, is offering up to a total of £1,500 per person to cover for loss-of-earnings while undertaking training. 

Find out more and register your interest

Media Cymru Freelance Focus

Media Cymru and USW’s Freelance Focus research is an ongoing, long-term study of freelance careers in the screen sector in Wales. The information you provide will help shape USW and Media Cymru’s skills and training output, and further our understanding of freelance careers in the Welsh screen sector. 

Wales Screen Workforce Survey

In late 2022, the team at University of South Wales carried out the Wales Screen Workforce Survey – the first Wales-wide survey to assess the skills, training needs, attitudes and experience of those working across the screen sector. These findings were shared at the Culture Change Conference in March 2023 and the publication will be released later this year.