The BBC and Channel 4 have announced plans for a new, two-week online programme to support the freelance community, delivered in partnership with the National Film and Television School (NFTS).
Kicking off in October, the free programme will include masterclasses, workshops, training and wellbeing sessions for the UK’s scripted and unscripted freelance production community. It will offer practical knowledge, skills and support – on topics as varied as financial planning, networking and development at a time when the sector is facing unprecedented challenges.
The initiative, led by 4Skills and the BBC, will be delivered online to ensure it is accessible across the UK and will be open to all TV industry freelancers, with previous NFTS sessions reaching thousands of participants across the country.
Dawn Beresford, Director of Talent, Commissioning, BBC, says: “We want to focus our efforts on supporting freelance programme-makers through this challenging time. We are delighted to partner with Channel 4 and the NFTS to offer a range of practical skills sessions and support to our talented freelancers, and remain committed to working with industry partners on action that can be positive for the freelance community, both now and longer-term.”
Sinead Rocks, Managing Director of Nations and Regions, Channel 4, says: “The TV production sector is facing unprecedented challenges and we know that many freelancers are struggling. While there is no quick fix – and many external factors are outside our control – we are pleased 4Skills is working with the BBC and NFTS to offer freelancers additional support at a difficult time – and proud to continue Channel 4’s ongoing, long-term commitment to the UK freelance community.”
Jon Wardle, Director of the National Film and Television School comments: “As we navigate the current challenges facing the TV sector, this partnership between the NFTS, Channel 4 and the BBC underscores our collective commitment to supporting the needs of the freelance community. These free sessions aim to equip our invaluable freelance workforce with practical advice, insights and expertise so they can continue to excel in their craft.”
The programme comes as part of the partners’ ongoing support for the freelance community and follows a number of recent projects funded or led by the partners.
More details on the Freelancer Support Programme will be released in early September, with full details of how to register appearing on the NFTS website: nfts.co.uk
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