An audit of the skills challenges facing the UK’s film industries

Client: British Film Institute

The Work Foundation was commissioned by the British Film Institute (BFI) to undertake a comprehensive audit of the skills challenges facing the UK’s film industries. The project sought to understand the current skills gaps in film and adjacent industries and where these gaps are likely to be in the future.

Our team has conducted interviews with specialists and focus groups with representatives of the film workforce to gain an in-depth insight into a number of the core skills issues facing the film industries. The qualitative exploration was supplemented by quantitative analysis of national statistics, administrative and business data, and Higher/Further Education statistics to map provision of skills development activities and conduct a gap analysis. To ensure validity throughout this project a steering group of senior industry stakeholders have provided oversight and expert challenge to the research.

Drawing from the findings of the research, we have co-produced action and investment plans with the BFI to ensure the continued vibrancy of the industry and its contribution to the UK economy resulting in a £20m investment in the Future Film Skills action plan.

Read the final report here