Space Studios Engagement Raises Awareness of Trades Within TV and Film

Vinci joined SharpFutures, Manchester City Council and ITV in raising awareness of behind the scenes roles in TV and Film, including traditional roles for trades people such as joiners, electricians, set builders and painters.

In July, Vinci joined forces with SharpFutures, a Manchester social enterprise which offers digital creative opportunities to young people, to host a visit to the site for 30 children from the local Stanley Grove Primary Academy. Honor Goodsite walked the children around site and talked about what they are currently building and the dangers posed on a live site, also the importance of not accessing a site without permission and supervision.

SharpFutures then took the children for a tour of the current Space Studios facilities which have hosted shows for BBC, ITV and Channel 4. The children enjoyed viewing some of the studios, hair and makeup departments, followed by a presentation in Space screening room where both SharpFutures and Vinci talked about career opportunities in their respective sectors. Prior to this, a Craft & Technical careers opening evening was held at the Space Studios in, delivered in partnership with SharpFutures, Manchester City Council and ITV.

The event was aimed at existing local tradespeople, new entrants and unemployed, to inspire and introduce them to the industry. A wide range of industry professionals shared knowledge and experience about the sector, to bust the myth that careers in TV & Film are limited to actors & directors. The event showcased the 200 plus careers behind the scenes including traditional roles for trades people such as joiners, electricians, set builders and painters. Vinci also offered work experience on the current Space studios. It was a great success, with 176 people attending with 120 public guests, 91% from Greater Manchester, 47% from the Manchester Borough, 38% from the Gorton ward.

Procured via NWCH and under delivery by Vinci, the expansion of Space Studios Manchester, West Gorton, is underway, seeing the TV and film production studios double in size. According to Space Studios, Manchester is seeing a boom in TV production, becoming the go-to destination for TV and film production outside of the capital. When completed, the expansion will create 275 jobs and boost the local economy by nearly £10million a year.

Find out more about the expansion at the Space Studios website here

Greater Manchester’s digital and creative economy – key facts from GMCA
– There are 7,500 – 8,000 digital and creative businesses in Greater Manchester
– More than 54,000 people are employed in the sector
– They generate more than £3bn in economic output for the conurbation, making Greater Manchester home to the largest digital and creative cluster outside London
– There are 15,000 creative, digital and IT students at the region’s four universities
– Nearly 1,600 tech start-ups formed in Manchester in 2016
– Greater Manchester is in the top 20 European digital cities
– Our operational costs are 40% lower than London

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