New-look apprenticeship scheme in the works for UK film and TV companies

Screen | 7/4/2019 | Staff
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The UK government has approved a new-look pilot apprenticeship model for the UK’s screen industries that will take the form of an apprentice training agency (ATA) and provide an alternative to the nationwide apprenticeship levy.

The aim is for around 25 apprentices to be employed by the agency and placed on multiple placements during a 12-month programme. Details are still being ironed out, including who it will be run by, with a launch planned for either later this year or early in 2020.

Initiative - ScreenSkills - Response - Industry - Concerns

The new initiative, originally created by ScreenSkills, is being launched in response to industry concerns that the government’s nationwide apprenticeship levy - mandatory for all UK companies with an annual payroll bill of at least £3m – was often unworkable in such freelancer-focused industries.

Launched in April 2017, the apprenticeship levy requires companies to invest 0.5% of their annual pay bill towards apprenticeships and offer a participant a contract of at least 12 months. Film, television, visual effects (VFX) and animation companies have argued this is not possible due to the project-based nature of film and TV production where few people, even on the biggest productions, are continuously employed for a year.

£15m - £20m - Levy - Pot - UK

This has meant an estimated £15m of the total £20m contributed to the levy pot by UK screen companies each year is presently being unspent, according to ScreenSkills. Those companies will now be able to transfer available unspent levy funds in to the scheme. The UK’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is...
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