The first cohort of 12 local school leavers and graduates have been recruited to work on major film and TV productions at Sky Studios Elstree.

Named the Sky Content Academy, local students and graduates have been selected for these year-long paid roles and have already started supporting the upcoming film adaptation of Wicked, staring Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo.

Universal Production Services, a sister company for Sky based in Elstree, has also welcomed new members to their team as they get hands on experience in lighting, rigging and more. Members of the Sky Content Academy team will receive specialist training and mentoring from film makers as they rotate across a range of roles over the course of a year giving them experience of working on productions as well as managing a busy studio facility.

Whilst this is the first intake of placements at Elstree, the Sky Content Academy has already welcomed 48 school or college leavers and recent graduates to join teams in Osterley, working in Sky Sports, Sky News and some of Sky’s best content. This new offering at Elstree has a focus on hiring locally and 75% of the team recruited have come from the surrounding areas.

Noel Tovey, MD of Sky Studios Elstree says: ‘We are seeing huge global demand for studio space, and with that there is a vital need for talent to fill the ever-growing job market. We couldn’t be more excited to have our first Content Academy team in place, but this is just the start for us as we look towards becoming a training ground for young, local people.’

 

Jon Creamer

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