Creative Skillset/ITF merger update


Following the announcement of the proposed merger of Creative Skillset and the ITF and our concerned response (published in Broadcast and in this newsletter) MITA members Matt Born (DV Talent) and Dom Unsworth (Resource Productions) met with Creative Skillset CEO Seetha Kumar and ITF Chair Nick Catliff. Both spoke openly about their perceived need for this merger, and the ITF (as a MITA member) reassured us that MITA members interests would be represented throughout the proposed transition. Similarly, Creative Skillset also understood the need for wider consultation and has begun discussions with stakeholders, but did flag that it was physically unable to engage with everyone, in advance of the BFI’s Future Film Skills Programme application deadline.

MITA appreciated the swift response in agreeing to meet and the constructive discussion, however we continue to encourage the ITF to ensure that it safeguards against the creation of a potential training monopoly and to urge Creative Skillset to continue to use its unique position in the sector to ensure the ongoing diversity of its training (and providers), particularly if it does secure the BFI Future Film Skills contract, the action plan for which flags the need for specialist ‘professional development courses’ and the importance of ensuring ‘wide participation’.