Students at Oaklands College learnt about the opportunities on offer in the film and TV industry at Sky Studios Elstree.

Lauren Christy, talent manager at Sky Studios Elstree, visited the Welwyn Garden City campus as part of the studio's outreach programme to inspire local talent.

She said: "There are more job opportunities in the UK film and TV industry than ever before and we’re excited about the placements, graduate programmes and job roles we can offer to local talent through Sky Studios Elstree."

Welwyn Hatfield Times: Lauren Christy of Sky Studios Elstree spoke to students at Oaklands College's Welwyn Garden City campusLauren Christy of Sky Studios Elstree spoke to students at Oaklands College's Welwyn Garden City campus (Image: Loudbird PR)

Lauren explained the range of roles and skills needed at a production studio, including assistant directors, production managers, production accountants, location managers, grips, make-up artists and more.

She added: "We are introducing new opportunities for training at Sky Studios Elstree, as well as enhancing current training opportunities at our West London sites.

"We are even ring-fencing some opportunities in London for Hertfordshire students and college leavers, as well as offering fully paid placements for graduates and school leavers at the new Elstree site."

The Elstree studio is expected to be operational by February, and Universal Pictures' film adaptation of Wicked, starring Ariana Grande and Cynthia Avrio, will be the first production to film on site.

Oaklands' deputy principal Claire Dolan said: "Oaklands is incredibly excited to work with key partners in the film and TV industry and Lauren has been brilliantly engaged in supporting us to make sure our curriculum is exactly what the industry needs.

"Our CREATIVE Industry Group has been working hard to develop a soft skills matrix which would enable Oaklands students to be first in line for the emerging jobs in this exciting sector.

"We start building works on our brand-new ‘Creative Gateway’ building in April 2023 and the partnerships we are creating with industry are informing our building plans, ensuring that we replicate industry to ultimately give our students the very best opportunities to secure jobs in this sector."

One of the attendees at the talk, Lewis, said: "It was so inspiring. And knowing that what I am currently studying is so relevant to some of Sky’s job opportunities, I feel even more excited about the future."