In 2018, Animation UK carried out vital research highlighting skills gaps, and workforce shortages within UK Animation, entitled, “We need to talk about skills” . This report, funded by the Animation Skills levy, collects together all current data on skills and employment in the sector. It draws on national data sources, up-to date employer surveys conducted by the UK Screen Alliance and a wide-reaching survey carried out by Animation UK. For the first time it collects together known data on the workforce, highlights range of skills gaps and shortages, and illustrates the fact that Animation is continually under-served by national data sources.
Animation UK will be working with the newly established Animation Skills Council set up by ScreenSkills and chaired by Tom Box, the NextGen Skills Academy, Higher Education and a range of other partners to find solutions
“It is vital that we develop a real partnership between the industry and education providers to ensure that our young skilled talent directly feeds into and supports the Animation sector in the UK. We have a significant challenge ahead, with a need for careers information and mentors through to developing higher level creative skills and talent and Animation UK will focus its effort on supporting the essential partnership and dialogue between the industry and education”-Kate O’Connor, Executive Chair, Animation UK