"Young people from Batley and Spen have incredible opportunities to work in the arts right on their doorsteps." Tracy Brabin
Tracy Brabin

Tracy Brabin MP is calling on young people from Batley and Spen to sign up for training in the creative industry after attending the opening of Screen Yorkshire’s new Centre of Screen Excellence in Leeds.

The new national initiative is being run by Screen Yorkshire in partnership with the National Film and Television School and ScreenSkills, with funding from the British Film Institute.

Open to young people from across the Leeds City Region, which includes Batley and Spen, the Centre of Screen Excellence offers craft grade training in six areas where there are national skill shortages, giving young people a pathway into the creative industry.

The areas where training is on offer are in grip, as a lighting technician, in set construction, hair and make-up, wardrobe, and as production assistants, and is being delivered with support from Leeds City College, Leeds College of Building and Keighley College.

At the end of the training, participants will receive national craft grade certificates.

This is the second skills training to be offered to young people alongside the Beyond Brontes Skills Initiative, which offers 50 people aged 18 to 24 from under-represented backgrounds screen industries training. This is a great opportunity for Batley and Spen’s young people to start a career in TV and film without having to move to London.

Tracy Brabin, MP for Batley and Spen and Shadow Secretary for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said: “With Beyond Brontes and the Centre of Screen Excellence, young people from Batley and Spen have incredible opportunities to work in the arts right on their doorsteps.

“This is a major training opportunity outside of London for young people and I would encourage as many youngsters as possible to apply.

“I attended the Centre of Screen Excellence opening and it is an amazing opportunity for young people to learn skills which are in such high demand right now and put them on course for a great career in film and TV.

“Improving access to the arts and training for working class youngsters has been at the core of everything I have done as an MP in the past three years, and we are now some way to making this vision a reality.”

The deadline for applications for this year’s Beyond Brontes programme is Saturday 4th April, and to find out how to apply email sam@screenyorkshire.co.uk

For more information about the Centre of Screen Excellence or to apply, email info@screenyorkshire.co.uk

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