Metro London Skills Cluster

Empowered by a £2.2 million National Lottery grant from the BFI, Film London and NFTS join forces to fuel the UK's cinematic renaissance, synergising with industry giants and esteemed educational hubs to cultivate London's next wave of screen talent.

Regional partnerships to elevate skills and increase diversity in the screen industries

In spring 2023, Film London was awarded £2.2 million National Lottery funding by the British Film Institute (BFI), to deliver one of its Skills Clusters.

The Metro London Skills Cluster(MLSC) is led by Film London and the National Film and Television School (NFTS) and it includes three other core partners: the Association of Colleges (AoC) and London Higher, the Capital City College Group (CCCG) and Middlesex University. Over the next three years, the Cluster partners will work closely with industry, as well as additional colleges and universities, to deliver an integrated programme of activities across London, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Surrey.

The Cluster area is home to major producers and studios including Elstree, Pinewood, Ealing, Twickenham, Shepperton, Leavesden, Longcross and Bovingdon. These studios are also the UK production centres for some of the biggest film and television companies in the world including Warner Bros. Discovery, Disney, Netflix and Amazon.

Though the writers’ and actors’ strikes in the US have presented a challenge during 2023, the UK’s Film and Television industry has grown significantly during the last few years. Official 2022 statistics revealed a record £6.27 billion film and high-end television production spend in the UK, reinforcing UK’s position as a leading global production centre. The Metro London Skills Cluster will help to meet this demand by expanding and developing the talented workforce across the Cluster region.

The thematic areas on which the Metro London Skills Cluster will initially focus include Employability (ensuring that potential new entrants to the screen industries (including university graduates) are well-informed and employment ready); Workforce Development and Retention (supporting young people who recently joined the industry to navigate the challenges of the work environment and progress in their careers, as well as collaborating with employers to upskill their existing workforce); Curriculum Pilots (designing and testing innovative training programmes in key areas of demand, which will address both current and future skills needs).