Star Wars producer calls on Government to allow film industry to hire apprentices

He may be more accustomed to contriving conflicts between the Rebel Alliance and the Empire, but the producer of the new Star Wars films is now battling the Government to allow the movie industry to hire apprentices. iNews reports.

Simon Emanuel, the producer of the hit blockbusters Solo: A Star Wars Story and Rogue One, is urging ministers to rethink the apprenticeships levy to ensure production companies are able to hire trainees.

Leading figures in the film and TV industry have raised concerns that the system does not suit their sector as it is difficult to link the training to college courses, which is a key stipulation from the Government.

But Mr Emanuel said the UK film industry currently needs to fill around 5,000 jobs in order to keep up with demand.

“For us not being able to use the apprenticeship levy seems crazy to me,” he told i. “I understand the Government had to put safeguards in place, such as having a course linked to a college. But this is a unique industry and it would be great if they would take a look at it.”

But Mr Emanuel warned that the jobs created by the Government’s policies would be filled by overseas talent unless more is done to widen opportunities to British youngsters.

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