Pinewood Careers event attracts nearly 900 guests
Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath, opened its famous gates to 870 guests from 33 local schools, colleges and universities in Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Hillingdon for a Careers Event on Monday 22 January.
As part of an on-going initiative to increase diversity, inclusion and information on the skills shortage, the Pinewood Group invited national organisations and local businesses affiliated to the film and television industries to chat to guests and highlight the vast array of jobs and career opportunities available within the film and television industries.
In addition to the 12 Pinewood departments offering advice, information about apprenticeships, work experience and work placements, another 19 organisations affiliated with the film and television industries attended the event based in the Ballroom and Pools Theatre. Bond producer, Callum McDougall, kicked off the guest speakers of the evening, followed by representatives from the British Film Institute, Creative Skillset and Creative Media Skills who all inspired audiences with advice on various ways to break in to the industries.
Andrew M Smith, Corporate Affairs Director for the Pinewood Studios Group said;
“Pinewood has attended many careers events over the past few years, and it has become apparent that very few students are aware of how their skills and interests could be transferred to the creative industries. With an increase in providers such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Apple spending billions of dollars making their own original content, the industry will face a severe shortage of manual and specific creative skills unless all opportunities are made clear to the next generation of filmmakers.”
As a direct result of the feedback from this event by students, parents and participants being unanimously positive, Pinewood Studios will be holding another Careers Event next year.