Careers in the Film Industry

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Careers (The Imaginarium)

Our programme to support classroom teaching now extends into the realm of careers information and guidance. This page is our Careers Hub, and below you can find information and relevant resources to help grow your learners' understanding of the industry, and what opportunities are available to young people who want to explore working in the British Film Industry.

UK skills shortage

The UK has a global reputation for its leading work in the film and screen industries, but specific areas face acute skill shortages. A recent BFI (British Film Institute) report forecasts that the industry will need 10,000 new entrants by 2020 to continue to be as successful. However, it can feel difficult to find trusted careers advice. Without knowledge about the job roles and how to break into the industry, young people could be discouraged from following up on interest that you may have inspired in them.

In light of the Department for Education's Careers Strategy: making the most of everyone's skills and talents plan which was published in December 2017, we will be looking at how our careers-related resources can support teachers and career advisors as they start to introduce the key actions outlined in the White Paper.

There is a widely-held assumption that to take a job in the film-industry you need to study film or an arts subject. In fact, the job roles available in the film industry are as broad - if not broader - than the whole school curriculum. Whether you are a careers advisor, an interested parent, an educator, or a young person considering a career in the film industry, we are committed to being cross-curricular in our approach.

Making a feature film requires a wide range of skills and professions. Through our Industry Visits programme, we will be demystifying the various roles which are currently in demand by the industry, due to acute skill shortages.

Check out our careers-focused resources, news stories and videos of our In School Visits - where students get to meet industry professionals - on the tabs below. We'll be adding even more Careers items to this page over the coming months, so be sure to keep checking back.

For further information about film job roles visit Creative Skillset.

To watch, listen, and read about different areas of work in the film industry, check out BAFTA Guru.

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