Skillset is the Sector Skills Council which supports skills and training for people and businesses to ensure the UK creative media industries competitive and productive.


It was founded 1992 and is jointly funded by industry and government. In April 2010, SkillFast, the former sector skills council for fashion became part of SkillSet.


The head office is based just to the east of London King's Cross railway station, on the western edge of the London Borough of Islington
London Borough of Islington
The London Borough of Islington is a London borough in Inner London. It was formed in 1965 by merging the former metropolitan boroughs of Islington and Finsbury. The borough contains two Westminster parliamentary constituencies, Islington North and Islington South & Finsbury...


The industries covered include:
  • Advertising
    Advertising is a form of communication used to persuade an audience to take some action with respect to products, ideas, or services. Most commonly, the desired result is to drive consumer behavior with respect to a commercial offering, although political and ideological advertising is also common...

  • Animation
    Animation is the rapid display of a sequence of images of 2-D or 3-D artwork or model positions in order to create an illusion of movement. The effect is an optical illusion of motion due to the phenomenon of persistence of vision, and can be created and demonstrated in several ways...

  • Computer games
  • Facilities
  • Fashion and textiles
    Textile manufacturing
    Textile manufacturing is a major industry. It is based in the conversion of three types of fibre into yarn, then fabric, then textiles. These are then fabricated into clothes or other artifacts. Cotton remains the most important natural fibre, so is treated in depth...

  • Film
    Film industry
    The film industry consists of the technological and commercial institutions of filmmaking: i.e. film production companies, film studios, cinematography, film production, screenwriting, pre-production, post production, film festivals, distribution; and actors, film directors and other film crew...

  • Other content creation (such as pop promos
    Music video
    A music video or song video is a short film integrating a song and imagery, produced for promotional or artistic purposes. Modern music videos are primarily made and used as a marketing device intended to promote the sale of music recordings...

     and corporate production
    Corporate video
    Corporate video production refers to audio-visual corporate communications material commissioned primarily for a use by a company, corporation or organisation. A corporate video is often intended for a specific purpose in a corporate or B2B environment and viewed only by a limited or targeted...

  • Interactive media
    Interactive media
    Interactive media normally refers to products and services on digital computer-based systems which respond to the user’s actions by presenting content such as text, graphics, animation, video, audio, etc.-Terminology:...

  • Photo imaging
    Photography is the art, science and practice of creating durable images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation, either electronically by means of an image sensor or chemically by means of a light-sensitive material such as photographic film...

  • Publishing
    Publishing is the process of production and dissemination of literature or information—the activity of making information available to the general public...

  • Radio
  • Television


Other offices include
  • Skillset North, Round Foundry
    Round Foundry
    The Round Foundry is a former engineering works off Water Lane in Holbeck, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.The Round Foundry was built in 1795–1797 by a partnership of James Fenton, Matthew Murray, David Wood and the financier William Lister, trading as Fenton, Murray and Wood,...

     Media Centre, Foundry Street, Leeds
  • Skillset Cymru, 33-35 West Bute Street, Cardiff, CF10 5LH
  • Skillset Scotland, 249 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 4QE


Skillset is a strategic organisation meaning that they develop and fund skills solutions as opposed to delivering them directly.

Skillset's main purpose covers three main areas:
  • Firstly, to research where the skills gaps and shortages exist within the creative media industries, then raise funding from the industry and Government to deliver solutions to address these problems.
  • Secondly, to inform and influence training provision and qualification development for the competitive benefit of the creative media industries.
  • Lastly, to ensure those entering the industry are well prepared by realistic careers information and advice and that those in the industry are able to update and develop their skills throughout their careers.

Their work can be subdivided as follows:
  • Careers
  • Courses
  • Company Support
  • Standards
  • Qualifications
  • Research
  • Strategy
  • Funding

Skillset undertake this work across all the Nations and Regions of the UK.

Skillset Academy Network

The Skillset Academy Network is a grouping of colleges, universities and other institutions designated as Media Academies and Film Academies for excellence and quality for education and skills training in television, interactive media and film. Accredited academies include:
Academy Institution(s)
University of Abertay Dundee Skillset Media Academy University of Abertay
Birmingham City University Skillset Media Academy Birmingham City University
Birmingham City University
Birmingham City University is a British university in the city of Birmingham, England. It is the second largest of three universities in the city, the other two being the Aston University and University of Birmingham...

Bournemouth Skillset Media Academy Arts University College Bournemouth
Bournemouth University
Bournemouth University
Bournemouth University is a university in and around the large south coast town of Bournemouth, UK...

Central Saint Martins Skillset Media Academy Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design is a constituent college of the University of the Arts London. The school has an outstanding international reputation, and is considered one of the world's leading art and design institutions...

 (University of the Arts London
University of the Arts London
The University of the Arts London, formerly known as the London Institute, is a collegiate university comprising six internationally recognised art, design, fashion and media colleges in London, England...

Cornwall Skillset Media Academy Cornwall College
Cornwall College
Cornwall College is a further education college situated on various sites throughout Cornwall with its main centre in St Austell. The college is a member of the 157 Group of high performing schools...

Truro College
Truro College
Truro College is a tertiary institution located in Truro, Cornwall, in the United Kingdom. Following an exchange of governing bodies, Truro College merged with Penwith College in April 2008—the combined institution is known as Truro and Penwith College, though the sites retain their original names...

University College Falmouth
University College Falmouth
University College Falmouth is a British university college in Falmouth, Cornwall. Founded in 1902, it had previously been the Falmouth School of Art and then Falmouth College of Arts until it received taught degree-awarding powers in March 2005...

Creative Loop Skillset Media Academy, Scotland Aberdeen College
Aberdeen College
Aberdeen College is the largest further education college in Scotland. It was formed from the amalgamation of the former Aberdeen Technical College, Aberdeen College of Commerce and Clinterty Agricultural College....

Adam Smith College
Adam Smith College
Adam Smith College is a Scottish further and higher education college located over various campuses across the county of Fife.-History:The college was formed on August 1, 2005 by the merger of Glenrothes College and Fife College and is named after Adam Smith, the founder of modern economics, who...

Cardonald College
Cardonald College
Cardonald College is a medium-sized Further education institute located in Glasgow's South Side, in Scotland. Officially opened in 1972, it has over 12,000 full-time and part-time students. Cardonald college takes both students who have just left school and mature students.The Main Campus is...

Dundee College
Dundee College
Dundee College is a further education and higher education college in the city of Dundee, Scotland and was established in 1985 by the merger of Dundee College of Commerce and Kingsway Technical College....

Perth College
Perth College
Perth College UHI provides further education and higher education in the city of Perth, Scotland, through a main campus, a network of learning centres and by distance learning....

Reid Kerr College
Reid Kerr College
Reid Kerr College is a further education college in Paisley, Renfrewshire. According to its website, it is one of the fastest growing further education institutions in Scotland with over 20,000 students, 650 staff and 300 courses....

Edinburgh Skillset Film and Media Academy
Screen Academy Scotland
The Screen Academy Scotland is a collaboration between Edinburgh Napier University and Edinburgh College of Art. It was opened in August 2005 by the then First Minister of Scotland, Jack McConnell, and is based in Edinburgh, Scotland...

Edinburgh College of Art
Edinburgh College of Art
Edinburgh College of Art is an art school in Edinburgh, Scotland, providing tertiary education in art and design disciplines for over two thousand students....

Edinburgh Napier University
Goldsmiths, University of London Skillset Media Academy Documentary Filmmakers Group
Goldsmiths, University of London
London Film Academy
London Film Academy
The London Film Academy was founded in 2002 as a non-profit making trust situated in Fulham, London. The LFA provides practical courses in film-making. The London Film Academy is part of the David Game College Group....

Hertfordshire Skillset Media Academy The Film & Digital Media Exchange
University of Hertfordshire
University of Hertfordshire
The University of Hertfordshire is a new university based largely in Hatfield, in the county of Hertfordshire, England, from which the university takes its name. It has more than 27,500 students, over 2500 staff, with a turnover of over £181m...

West Herts College
West Herts College
West Herts College is a college in Watford, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. The College has campuses in Watford, Hemel Hempstead and Kings Langley.-Range of courses:...

Liverpool John Moores Skillset Media Academy Liverpool Community College
Liverpool Community College
Liverpool Community College is the only college of further education in Liverpool, Merseyside. It was established in 1992 by the amalgamation of all the further education colleges in Liverpool and was formerly known as the "City of Liverpool Community College".In 2005, it had approximately 7,000...

Liverpool John Moores University
Liverpool John Moores University
Liverpool John Moores University is a British 'modern' university located in the city of Liverpool, England. The university is named after John Moores and was previously called Liverpool Mechanics' School of Arts and later Liverpool Polytechnic before gaining university status in 1992, thus...

London Film School
London Film School
The London Film School is a private film school in London and is situated in a converted brewery in Covent Garden, London, close to a hub of the UK film industry based in Soho. The LFS was founded in 1956 by Bob Dunbar as The London School of Film Technique...

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Middlesex Skillset Media Academy Middlesex University
Middlesex University
Middlesex University is a university in north London, England. It is located in the historic county boundaries of Middlesex from which it takes its name. It is one of the post-1992 universities and is a member of Million+ working group...

SAE Institute
Top TV Academy
National Film and Television School
National Film and Television School
The National Film and Television School was established in 1971 and is based at Beaconsfield Studios in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, and it is located close to Pinewood Studios.-History:...

, A Skillset Film and Media Academy
North by Southwest: The Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Skillset Media Academy Cirencester College
Cirencester College
Cirencester College is a tertiary college with its main campus situated on the outskirts of Cirencester, Gloucestershire. The college also has premises at The Castle, Cecily Hill, Cirencester and in Tetbury at the Tetbury centre. A number of other venues are used for part-time courses...

Gloucestershire College
Gloucestershire College
Gloucestershire College abbreviated GC is a college of further education in the county of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom...

University of Gloucestershire
University of Gloucestershire
The University of Gloucestershire is a university primarily based in Gloucestershire, England, spread over four campuses, three in Cheltenham and one in Gloucester...

Wiltshire College
Wiltshire College
Wiltshire College is a tertiary college of education founded in 2002 by the merger of Chippenham Technical College, Lackham College and Trowbridge College. Consolidation will be completed with the merger of Salisbury College, which commenced in January 2008...

Northern Ireland Skillset Media Academy Belfast Metropolitan College
North West Regional College
North West Regional College
North West Regional College is a further education and higher education college in the north west region of Northern Ireland. The College has three main campuses: Strand Road, Derry, Main Street, Limavady and Derry Road, Strabane....

Southern Regional College
Southern Regional College
Southern Regional College is the name of the new regional further and higher education college in the Southern area of Northern Ireland in the United Kingdom....

University of Ulster at Coleraine
University of Ulster at Coleraine
The University of Ulster at Coleraine is the Coleraine campus of the University of Ulster. It houses the administrative headquarters of the university and is the most traditional in outlook, with a focus on science and the humanities. It was founded in 1968 as the New University of Ulster...

Nottingham Skillset Media Academy Broadway Cinema & Media Centre
New College Nottingham
New College Nottingham
New College Nottingham is an amalgamation of education establishments in the City of Nottingham. The College caters for students from the age of 14 and has several campuses throughout the Nottingham conurbation, primarily in the City itself...

Nottingham Trent University
Nottingham Trent University
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Ravensbourne Skillset Media Academy 01zero-one (Westminster Kingsway College
Westminster Kingsway College
Westminster Kingsway College is a further education college in central London with Centres in King's Cross and Victoria . The College has about 14,000 students across all age ranges and provides further, adult and higher education programmes including full-time and part-time vocational,...

Cass Business School
Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication
Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication
Ravensbourne is a university sector college innovating in digital media and design, with a vocationally focused portfolio of courses, spanning fashion, television and broadcasting, interactive product design, architecture and environment design, graphic design, animation, moving image, music...

Salford University Skillset Media Academy People's Voice Media
University of Salford
University of Salford
The University of Salford is a campus university based in Salford, Greater Manchester, England with approximately 20,000 registered students. The main campus is about west of Manchester city centre, on the A6, opposite the former home of the physicist, James Prescott Joule and the Working Class...

Southampton Solent Skillset Media Academy Southampton Solent University
Southampton Solent University
Southampton Solent University is a university of 17,000 students based in Southampton, United Kingdom. Its main campus is located on East Park Terrace near the city centre....

University of Teesside Skillset Media Academy University of Teesside
University of Teesside
Teesside University is a university in Middlesbrough, England. It has a student body of 29,285 students as of the 2009/10 academic year. It recorded rises in applications of 25.1 per cent and 23.5 per cent for degree courses beginning in 2010, the highest such percentage increases of the five...

Skillset Media Academy Wales Department of Theatre, Film & TV, Aberystwyth University
School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University
Cardiff University
Cardiff University is a leading research university located in the Cathays Park area of Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom. It received its Royal charter in 1883 and is a member of the Russell Group of Universities. The university is consistently recognised as providing high quality research-based...

School of Creative and Cultural Industries, University of Glamorgan
University of Glamorgan
The University of Glamorgan is a university based in Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales with campuses in Treforest, Glyntaff, Merthyr Tydfil, Tyn y Wern and Cardiff...

School of Art, Media and Design, University of Wales, Newport
University of Wales, Newport
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University of the West of Scotland Skillset Media Academy
University of the West of Scotland
Westminster Skillset Media Academy City of Westminster College
City of Westminster College
City of Westminster College is a further education college located in the borough of Westminster, central London. The College has two centres located in Paddington and Queen's Park...

University of Westminster
University of Westminster
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Yorkshire and Humber Skillset Media Academy University of Bradford
University of Bradford
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East Coast Media at Grimsby Institute

Establishing the Skillset Film and Media Academies

The Skillset Film and Media Academies were established in response to the film, television and interactive media industries' desire to develop lasting partnerships with further and higher education institutions. The Academies seek to provide an answer to industries need for fresh talent and innovation.

The Academies were selected through a rigorous application and evaluation processes, assessed by industry evaluators. The original selection was overseen by a high level panel chaired by Greg Dyke
Greg Dyke
Gregory "Greg" Dyke is a British media executive, journalist and broadcaster. Since the 1960s, Dyke has a long career in the UK in print and then broadcast journalism. He is credited with introducing 'tabloid' television to British broadcasting, and reviving the ratings of TV-am...

and included Andrew Chitty (Illumina Digital), Clive Jones (GMTV), Jo Taylor (Channel 4) and Caroline Prendergast (BBC).

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