A report in the Evening Standard today:
BFI fails to get with the jobs programme
14 February 2013
Has the British Film Institute had a rethink over taking on unpaid interns? Labour MP Stella Creasy asked arts minister Ed Vaizey what he made of the BFI ad for 18 unpaid interns, in light of government recommendations that interns are paid the minimum wage. Vaizey replied that the “BFI is currently considering the future of the scheme”.
The BFI, headed by Amanda Nevill, had to cut 72 jobs when its funding was slashed in 2011. It warns that if it has to introduce paid internships this could “dramatically reduce the opportunities that can be afforded, and possibly prevent the continuation of the scheme altogether. This would be a great pity at a time when more young people than ever are seeking entry to the British film industry which, in turn, benefits from such grassroots talent.”
Perhaps the BFI could join the organisations signing up to the Standard’s Ladder For London campaign to help the young find paid apprenticeships?