Scotland’s film and TV industries got a welcome boost yesterday with the launch of ‘Stepping Up’, a new skills and training scheme for Scottish creative talent, designed to nurture freelancers into more senior roles.
The new Creative Skillset Drama Training Programme – which builds on a similar training scheme for producers and script editors – will create 20 Stepping Up drama placements in key craft and technical disciplines. In addition, the new funding will also create eight Stepping Up factual placements delivered through the BBC and new traineeships for Script Editors and Producers.
Commenting on the need to meet the expected growth in Scottish comedy and drama productions, Alasdair Smith, Creative Skillset Director for Scotland, noted the “… major growth in this industry, which has created an urgent need for skilled TV drama production staff. This programme will create an environment where the next generation of Scotland’s creative leaders can flourish, attracting top class production talent and giving them real and valuable on-the-job training to address their skills gaps”.
Applications from Film and TV crews to the new Stepping Up programme will open in January with the placements starting from March. Recruitment for Factual Placements will follow in the spring.