(5th May 2005) FDMX, a new government backed £2.5m venture will launch at The Broadcast Production Show (1st-3rd June 2005, Earls Court 2). Led by the University of Hertfordshire this five year project will work closely with Skillset and Screen East to assist the region's human and business development issues and aims to engage universities and colleges with the film and digital media enterprises in the East of England.
It has five core aims:
- To bring about effective collaboration and knowledge transfer between the region's higher and further education institutes, its agencies and the industry.
- To support the freelance community, graduate entrepreneurs and freelances by providing high level education, training and networking opportunities targeted at need.
- To create a knowledge base and to share that knowledge and best practice amongst the partners and industry.
- Together with Skillset and Screen East to provide qualitative research into the market and employers needs thereby providing foresight for this globally driven industry.
- To position FDMX as a vital, sustainable, component in the development of the Film and Digital Media industry within the region and beyond.
Project Manager, Lesley Johnson (ex Granada and GSB Head of Production) says "As education providers we must ensure the graduates we produce are fit for the workplace, and can contribute immediately to their employer's productivity.
We know there are current workforce skills gaps in management and business as well as marketing, customer handling and some production skills particularly in content creation for mobiles.
The UK is internationally recognised for its technical and creative expertise, attracting significant inward investment. We need to ensure we keep it that way."