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Funding boost for Scotland's screen industries
A new training fund has been established to offer support to companies and individuals across the television, film and interactive media sectors in Scotland.
The Skillset Scotland Training Fund, set up through a partnership between Scottish Screen and Skillset Scotland, will offer grants and bursaries designed to help tackle skills issues outlined as priorities in Skillset's Sector Skills Agreement for Scotland.
Skillset Scotland says it will award more than £500,000 of National Lottery money, delegated from Scottish Screen, over the next two years.
Donald Emslie, chair of the Scottish Industry Skills Panel, and chief executive of SMG Television, said: "This is an exciting development and places Skillset at the heart of the industry in Scotland. It will support the talent and workforce and make the industry stronger and more competitive."
Alasdair Smith, director of Skillset Scotland, said: "The success of Scotland's screen industries is directly linked to the skills of the people working in it - and the availability of training to help new recruits sustain the future.
"This dedicated fund is a much needed lifeline of support that will enable us to deliver our Sector Skills Agreement for Scotland which outlines the priorities for action identified by the industry."
Ken Hay, chief executive of Scottish Screen, said: "Scottish Screen is charged with developing a more sustainable screen industry sector in Scotland. Critical to this is the need to constantly improve the skills levels of freelancers and businesses. We are delighted to confirm our new relationship with Skillset in Scotland which will see the injection of £600,000 of National Lottery funds into the development of skills across Scotland's screen industries over the next two years."
Skillset Scotland says small companies with less than 40 employees can apply for up to £10,000 each for HR and training support and resources to develop their staff and internal training systems. The organisations adds that individuals with a minimum of two years professional experience can apply for up to 80 per cent of the costs of training in industry identified priority areas including business skills, new technologies and health and safety.
In addition, Skillset Scotland is inviting applications from training providers and companies to develop and deliver targeted projects supporting the professional development of the workforce.
Skillset Scotland says individuals seeking bursary support can apply anytime before 02 March 2007. For all other applications from companies and training providers the deadline for applications is 29 January 2007.
For the full application criteria and further information on the fund, visit: www.skillset.org/uk/scotland/trainingfund/
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