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Press Releases 2006

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Put Industry in charge of Skills Government told

Skillset warmly welcomes the recommendations of the Leitch Review and its endorsement of Sector Skills Councils and the industry-led approach to tackling skills and training issues.

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Bursary Support For Media professionals

Skillset and Film London have launched new Screen bursaries which will provide up to 80% of the cost of short courses for TV, film, animation and computer games professionals across the UK.

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Skillset becomes Stonewall Diversity Champion

Skillset has joined Stonewall's Diversity Champions programme which promotes equality in the workplace for lesbian, gay and bisexual employees. This programme brings together the UK's top employers in order to explore the impact of best practice on markets and business.

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James Bond, Mr Bean and Harry Potter Films Help Push Skillset Film Training Fund over £4m

The Skills Investment Fund (SIF) has hit the £4m mark. The training levy on theatrical film production which is collected by Skillset, funds skills and training initiatives across the production industry. 322 productions have now contributed to the SIF since its launch in 1999.

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Skillset gets Green Mark

Skillset is the first Sector Skills Council to successfully achieve Green Mark status by demonstrating that it is taking responsibility for its environmental impacts. Over the next twelve months Skillset will work towards stage 2 of Green Mark which is evaluated by an organisation's sustained level of environmental good practice.

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Skillset Scotland double triumph at the Scottish Skills Awards

Skillset Scotland double triumph at the Scottish Skills Awards

Skillset Scotland won two of the five awards presented at SSASCot Awards ceremony. Skillset picked up awards for both the Organisation and the Collective Partnership that has had the Most Significant Impact in its Sector in Scotland.

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Census 2006 Shows Changes in TV and Interactive Media Sectors

The Skillset Census 2006 gives a snapshot of the audio visual industries, and highlights the lack of diversity in the media workforce.

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Guiding Lights of UK film take on new mentoring role

Paul Greengrass, Gurinda Chadher and Stephen Frears among mentors for brightest new film talent

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Graduates dominate media

More than two thirds of media professionals are graduates according to new research. 69% of people working in the media have a degree compared to 16% of the whole UK workforce.

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Launch of New Vision for TV industry

Minister for Creative Industries and Tourism, Shaun Woodward MP, has launched the new Skillset TV Skills Strategy to focus on the development of talent and creativity of the TV industry and its workforce.

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National Skills Day returns for second year

Following its resounding success last year, National Skills day is set to return on 25th May 2006.

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Computer Games Courses Endorsed by Industry

Ian Livingstone announces new Skillset accreditation of four courses, giving official stamp of approval to the best industry-relevant training

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Recruitment opens for Post Production trainees

Recruitment opens for Post Production trainees Companies must apply by 6 Feb for second round of new entrants' scheme

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In-depth survey of film production workforce over 2006

All crew involved in feature film production in the UK over the next year will be surveyed by Skillset to get an accurate picture of the size, shape and skills needs of the film production workforce.

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Skillset welcomes BBC White Paper

The Government's White Paper on BBC Charter renewal has been published and, with an emphasis on skills development, is warmly welcomed by Skillset.

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Induction to audio visual industries certificate launched

Skillset today announced a new industry induction certificate for new entrants across the audio visual industries. 250 new entrants to take new industry introduction course to help businesses.

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Four new Patrons for Skillset

Chris Smith, Charles Allen, Huw Jones & John McCormick join Skillset's board of Patrons

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