The Production Guild of Great Britain and the University of Hertfordshire’s School of Creative Arts are joining forces.
‘We are delighted to be partnering with The Production Guild as part of our student’s Professional Development provision. As the UK’s leading membership organisation for film and TV production professionals, The Production Guild has excellent relationships with leading production companies who are actively looking to recruit juniors.” – Lyndsay Duthie, Head of the University of Hertfordshire’s Film & Television Degree programme
The two organisations are teaming up to pilot a new scheme designed to develop the next generation of UK production accountants, in response to rising demand for industry entrants as the UK film business continues its current boom in production.
Latest figures from the British Film Institute show that the UK industry is in rude health with a record-breaking combined total of almost £3bn spent on film and high-end TV production in the UK last year.* British production talent is world class and production accountants are in high demand. In a forward-thinking move, the University of Hertfordshire’s Film and Television degree course is piloting a new Production Accounting module delivered by The Production Guild, designed to introduce existing students to the specialist field.
* BFI: “BFI stats for 2017 show new record for film production spend in the UK” (31 January 2018)
“It’s great to be embarking upon this new pilot with the University of Hertfordshire. By reaching out to students with an interest in finance and production, we can shine a light on the excellent job prospects out there right now for new assistant production accountants with the right skills and experience. Working as a junior in this department is a great step into this exciting and varied industry. After evaluating the pilot’s impact, we hope to widen the opportunity to include students from other courses at the University.” – Alison Small, CEO of The Production Guild