Successful North West Skillset Media Academy

03 October 2011

Shadow Secretary and Shadow Minister consider successful North West Skillset Media Academy.

Ivan Lewis, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Gordon Marsden, Shadow Minister for Further Education and Skills, recently visited LJMU for a round table discussion about the North West’s first Skillset Media Academy. They gathered ideas to take back to their team and Parliament on how the Liverpool Screen School (LSS) is successfully supporting its graduates into industry and self employment, and how Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for the Creative Media Industries, supports this activity through its Media Academy network.

They met local employers whom LSS works with, including Lime Pictures, Britain’s biggest independent television producer. They also discovered more about the companies that LSS has engaged with through the support of Skillset and in conjunction with other Media Academies within the network.

Other discussions considered the Skillset-funded project, ‘Due North’ which supported leading UK production company, Endemol, in working with Academies across the north to provide a high level TV and digital training course for people in the early stages of their TV and media careers.

Graduates who have set up successful businesses were in attendance, including Mocha Productions, an independent production company, established in 2001 by Phil Halpin and Owen Cotterell who devise and produce online virals and music videos to promotional films and VT for large events; and Movere Pictures, set up by Film Studies and Creative Writing graduates from 2011, Dominic Allen and Stephen Ryan, who have already secured a commission from the Liverpool Film Office and who receive ongoing support from LJMU, through the Centre for Entrepreneurship, which supports students and graduates who want to set up their own businesses.

Director of the Liverpool Screen School, Judith Jones, commented:

"Collaborations with industry, demonstrate the value of the Skillset Academy Network in bringing together Media Schools from across the region and encouraging partnerships, both across the Network and with industry leaders. This reflects the ethos of the Liverpool Screen School as a creative hub for the region, facilitating opportunities for freelancers and recent graduates to broaden their professional networks, while supporting them in gaining new skills and developing their careers.

"We are particularly pleased to welcome to the meeting today the successful graduates from LSS, all of whom demonstrate that the creative production industry in Liverpool is thriving and offers great opportunities."

Ivan Lewis and Gordon Marsden additionally heard of plans for the Liverpool Screen School’s move to the £37 million Redmonds Building in 2012. This will provide innovative learning accommodation, including industry-standard film and broadcasting studios and professional training facilities, for the Liverpool Screen School, Liverpool Business School and the School of Law.

LJMU Journalism students interviewed the MPs as part of their Labour Party Conference coverage:

LJMU Journalism Graduate Chris Bradley also conducted interviews for Click Liverpool:
Image of Shadow Minister and Shadw Secretary with LJMU group
Pictured: (left to right) Movere Pictures LJMU graduate - Stephen Ryan, Mocha Productions LJMU graduate - Phil Halpin, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies - Professor Roger Webster, Chief Executive of Skillset - Dinah Caine, Ivan Lewis, Gordon Marsden, Director of the Liverpool Screen School - Judith Jones, CEO Lime Pictures - Sean Marley, and Head of Business Development at the BBC Academy - Andrew Carmichael

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