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Opportunities growing for young creatives across Ealing, Park Royal and West London

A new report has revealed that opportunities for young people to get into film and TV are on the rise with areas in West London including Ealing and Park Royal being at the centre of the booming creative industry.

Currently West London overall employs nearly 20% of all UK film and screen industry workers and generates over £3 billion a year to the British economy.

The report, West London Film & Screen Skills Training Review was from West London Business, Creative Enterprise West, Middlesex University and JGA Futures via the West London TV & Film Skills Hub, with support from the Mayor of London’s office.

Click here to read the report.

It revealed how screen industries are growing faster than the overall economy across the UK with many West London colleges, training providers and universities offering courses to help fill the skills gap needed for the roles being created.

Across West London, 116 screen industry-related courses are offered and range from film and TV production, through to animation, Games and VFX.

Among the key findings:

  • West London institutions, including 7 universities, 7 colleges and 8 training and education providers (LAMDA, Global Academy, MAMA Youth Met Film), offer a local solution to crew shortages and skills gaps.
  • Institutions offered 116 screen industry-related programmes in 2020-21, including Film and TV, Production, Animation, Games and VFX, with some institutions’ offerings overlapping. Courses range from Entry level (sub-GCSE equivalent) to Level 7 (Masters), alongside some shorter non-accredited or pre-Level 1 courses, with the majority at Level 6 (undergraduate).
  • Over 1650 students enrolling annually across courses ranging from entry level to post-graduate.
  • Students have access to excellent facilities and equipment, preparing them well for work, including 9 studios, 6 green screen facilities, 4 Motion Capture (Mocap) studios, 3 foley suites (sound effects), 10 recording studios, 1 virtual production studio with 2/3 more being procured.

Bill Boler, partnerships director, West London Business and Creative Enterprise West said of the report: “If you know a young person who loves film and TV, or likes to be more practical than theoretical, then please urge them to think about a career in the film and screen industry. There are vacancies waiting for them!

Mr Boler added: “Our audit has made clear that universities, colleges and training providers in West London are a critical element to the screen industry’s talent pipeline; educating and training thousands of students annually and building close relationships with employers that will improve the opportunities for new entrants into the industry. In fact, our colleges and universities have collaborated on a progression agreement, which provides local residents in collages into higher level qualifications at universities, which can then lead to more senior roles in this exciting industry.”

Thomas Hoegh, CEO and founder of Park Royal-based Garden Studios added: “The success of the creative industries depends on collaboration across education, industry, and public sector partners. When a business like ours does well it’s because our clients have benefited from our connections to the local community and the pipeline of talent coming through our educational partners, like MetFilm. We all play a crucial role in securing the future of this exciting, multi-faceted industry.”

Srishti Chhabria, 25, who is from Ealing spoke of her training: “I graduated with a BA in Filmmaking from MetFilm School in 2019, before completing a  Masters in Film & Television. I’m now a Co-Founder of a production company, Gunpowder House Productions, which I run with two others, creating narrative cinematic content for adverts, trailers and short films. This is the best job in the world – I get to be creative every day doing something I love. I had no film industry connections before my course, so the course was vital to connect me with industry and like-minded people. Mine was also a very practical course, so if you don’t like sitting down all day writing essays, my course was great.”

Click here to read the report.

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