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UK training organisation ScreenSkills is calling on hairdressers and make-up artists experienced in working with Black hair and make-up for people of colour to join the film and television industry through a new training initiative.

The first round of the training programme will have 16 places available, and will conclude with paid placements on high-end television productions in spring 2022, for companies including Netflix and ITV Studios.

ScreenSkills is targeting hairdressers and make-up artists  working in areas such as Black hair salons, on photo-shoots, in wedding beauty, department stores, music videos, live events and theatre. All applicants will need extensive experience in working with Black hair or with make-up for people of colour, although it is not expected that candidates will have both.

The training is funded by the ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund with the placements supported by the High-end TV Skills Fund, both investing industry contributions from productions made in the UK.

“We are sure that there are people out there with experience in Black hair and make-up for people of colour who would be brilliant for the film and television industry if we can fast-track them in – creating a greater diversity of crew behind the camera to match the changes happening on screen,” said Seetha Kumar, CEO of ScreenSkills.

Paapa Essiedu, star of BBC/HBO series I May Destroy You, added: “When I started acting, my white peers would just get their hair cut by hair and make-up for their part. The same wasn’t true of my hair. I would have to take time out of my day and use my budget to go to a barber. My time wasn’t seen as having the same value as my peers. This sounds like a great initiative. I hope that it attracts people into the industry who haven’t known how to get in before.”

A free online introduction to hair and make-up for film and television and how the training programme will work will be held on January 20.