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Press releases 2008

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Use the links below to browse through our news from 2008.

Skills partnership with Pinewood signals new era in film training

Skills Partnership Signing - Rob Buckler, Skillset Screen Academy at LCC & EIM, Ivan Dunleavy, Pinewood Studios, Barbara Follett MP and Dinah Caine, Skillset

A new skills partnership between one of the world's pre-eminent film brands and one of the UK's leading film schools gives a much needed boost to UK film making.

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Three year skills plan to deliver world class workforce for Creative Media Industries

A new three-year agreement between Government and Creative Media Industry employers to beat skills shortages and build a world-class workforce was announced today: the Sector Compact

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New Journalists need to 'have it all'

Journalists need 'old' and 'new' skills to be properly equipped to work in the converged newsrooms of today. This is one of the key results of a national convergent journalism skills survey carried out by the NCTJ and funded by Skillset

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Time running out to register for SkillsWeek 2008

SkillsWeek returns for a second time this month: people wanting to register for this year's workshops will have to get in quick as places are filling up fast

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Skillset Film Training Fund Hits £6 million

Brideshead Revisited - A SIF paying production, with thanks to Disney

The Skills Investment Fund (SIF) has reached £6 million, thanks to the contributions from films being produced in the UK. This year has seen contributions from; Quantum of Solace, The Duchess, Easy Virtue, RocknRolla, and Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging to name a few.

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Talent Attraction Scheme ensures bright outlook for Welsh broadcasting sector

Announced today: the first independent production companies to receive funding from the Talent Attraction Scheme.

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Industry to benefit with extension of Route into Radio pilot

Rose Murphy takes over the mike during her Route into Radio placement in Surrey

Skillset today invited applications from people in Hampshire and Isle of Wight to participate in the highly successful Route into Radio scheme.

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Key Broadcast Industry Players come together for Fast Track Series Producer Scheme

Skillset has announced it has funded DV Talent to launch the Fast Track Series Producer Scheme.

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£2.8 million Invested in Media Skills for the Northwest

The media and digital industries within the Northwest are set to benefit from a £2.8 million cash injection to further boost media skills development activities across the region.

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Route into Radio

At the launch of Route into Radio and the Skillset Radio Skills Strategy at Brighton

Thirty-six people from the South East of England will fast-track themselves into radio industry careers with a new £200,000 funded pilot scheme

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Skills Investment Fund becomes mandatory

The Skills Investment Fund (SIF), a training levy for the film industry, is now mandatory. Skillset's CEO explains how the levy fits into 'A Bigger Future', the UK film skills strategy, and how it impacts on the industry.

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Make me a NickToons Animator!

Nickelodeon UK's NickToons channel announces all new UK undergraduate animation talent search with Skillset.

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Leading Media and Film Industry players turn out to support ground-breaking diversity partnership

The success of the Audio Visual Entrepreneurship Development Partnership (AVE DP) is celebrated.

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Alexia is in the frame

Director and Producer Alexia is one of a number of people working in the broadcast, film, video and multimedia industries, who have taken advantage of professional development courses through the Skillset Employee Training Programme.

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Licensed to shoot

700 London-based freelancers have recently developed their professional skills with the help of subsidised training through the Skillset Freelance Training Project.

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New Chair for Film Industry Training Board for England and Wales

Skills Minister David Lammy has appointed Mr Iain Smith OBE as Chair of the new Film Industrial Training Board (ITB) for England and Wales.

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Skillset funds Masters of the CineVerse

Skillset has announced it will be helping fund CineMasters, an educational resource for teachers and lecturers in Film and Media Studies.

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Skillset's Fiona Chesterton Awarded RTS Fellowship

Fiona Chesterton, Director of Television for Skillset, receives an RTS Fellowship for her outstanding contribution to the television industry.

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Skillset Celebrates Partnerships and Talent in Northern Ireland at Enhancing Creative Skills Launch

The Enhancing Creative Skills event celebrates the launch of a series of initiatives as part of an ambitious action plan for developing the Northern Ireland creative media workforce.

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Skillset, Channel 4 and The Research Centre train next generation of TV's creative leaders

Skillset has partnered with Channel 4 and The Research Centre (TRC) to provide television producers with the managerial and leadership skills required to become Series Producers.

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Skillset Doubles Remit with Addition of Publishing Sector

Industry specialist Suzanne Kavanagh appointed to lead division.

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Skillset Roll Out Route into Radio in Kent

Twelve people from Surrey and Sussex have already taken part in this innovative, industry-led project and applications for the Kent project are open now.

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Skillset Launches Workforce Survey 2008

A chance for creative media professionals to have their say on the development of skills and training in the industry.

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Skillset Promotes Creative Talent Across the North of England

Skillset has announced the launch of the Skillset North Industry Skills Panel, which aims to encourage and support the development of creative talent in the North West, Yorkshire and the North East regions.

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New Talent Attraction Scheme Launches in Wales

Three year financial scheme to make Wales a major provider of broadcast output.

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Applications Open for the Prestigious Film Fellowship in The Clore Programme

Skillset and UK Film Council Support Fellowship for the Second Year Running.

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