Producers combing the galaxy for accountants to join Britain’s film industry

Daisy Ridley, star of the new Star Wars film
Daisy Ridley, star of the new Star Wars film
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THE force is strong with Britain’s film industry - so much so that producers are combing the galaxy for accountants to join them.

The Production Guild of Great Britain wants to recruit nine people to become assistant production accountants on major features films in the UK.

The industry group is offering to provide training to help people working in accountancy in other industries to transfer their skills.

The guild’s 10-month scheme includes placements on film and television drama productions, a tax-free training allowance of £300 a week and some travel costs.

Recent trainees have worked on productions including Star Wars: Episode VIII, The BFG, Assassin’s Creed, Mr Selfridge and Bridget Jones’s Baby.

Alison Small, chief executive of the Production Guild, said: “The training scheme provides practical training for people wanting to work on film productions.

“Over the past eleven years we have successfully attracted qualified people from other industries to transfer and augment their skills and build careers working in UK film and television.”

Ruby Avards, a course graduate, has worked on films including Cinderella, Red 2 and The Tunnel. She said: “Even though I had a good job as the assistant revenue accountant for a leading holiday park company, I wanted to join an industry I could develop my career in.

“I can honestly say it was one of the best decisions of my life.”

The course is supported by the Skills Investment Fund. The closing date for applications is January 22.