UK agencies Skillset and Film London have launched a bursary scheme providing up to 80% of the cost of short course training for film professional.

The initiative covers training in business, technical and craft skills as well as related issues like health and safety.

The bursaries are funded by Skillset's Film Skills Fund, whose supporters include the National Lottery, through the UK Film Council, and the film industry through the Skills Investment Fund.

The scheme extends to animation, television and computer games.