Gadget Show Presenters On Set

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and Create Central have launched a bootcamp to support creative talent to work in the TV industry

The WMCA is funding the pilot bootcamp to help the region’s screen industry discover new talent and encourage people from other careers to switch to the TV industry. It is working in partnership with Create Central, the new industry-led body set up to turbo charge the region’s film, TV and games industries; and Solihull College & University Centre and Screen Central which will provide the skills training.

Create Central members who work in the TV sector have helped to shape the bootcamp content and are offering real life work experience for existing gaps in their businesses, with a guaranteed job interview at the end.

The bootcamp, which starts in April, will consist of an intensive five week programme and a three week real to life work placement in one of the region’s top TV companies for 20 people who want to work as production co-ordinators, researchers or runners in the TV sector. The WMCA is expecting to see 29,000 new, highly skilled jobs in the region’s digital and creative industries by 2030.

Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “In the heart of the UK and the home of TV and film hits like Peaky Blinders, Citizen Khan and the Nativity franchise, there has never been a more exciting time for local residents to start a career in the creative sector.

“The creative industries are the fastest growing sector of the UK economy and are worth over £1 billion. We are ensuring people in the West Midlands have the right skills and talent to meet this increased demand.”

Independent TV companies from across the region are involved in the first bootcamp, including Wonder, Full Fat and the sector’s largest employer, North One.

Neil Duncanson, CEO of North One, whose Birmingham base produces Gadget Show, Fifth Gear, Travel Man and all Guy Martin’s programming, said: “It's great for Create Central to partner with the WMCA to develop these bootcamps, so the indie TV sector can get the right talent into our businesses to meet our immediate needs.

“Create Central members are really supportive of an industry-led approach, so that further education colleges can provide as real-to-work training as possible. We are looking forward to hosting the first work placements in the next few months.”


Picture - the Gadget Show, produced by North One.


Susie Haywood
Article by Susie Haywood
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