Framestore Partners with Workforce Integration Network's Design Labs Programme to foster Diversity and Inclusion

Framestore, the globally acclaimed VFX studio, is pleased to announce its participation in the Workforce Integration Network's (WIN) Design Labs programme. Developed by the Greater London Authority, this innovative programme aims to enhance hiring practices by promoting diversity and inclusion in the workforce. It offers comprehensive support and guidance to businesses in overcoming barriers that arise during recruitment, retention, and career progression processes.

Framestore will join a select group of businesses in the eight-month Design Labs programme, collaborating to collectively address challenges and implement strategies that foster diversity, equity, and inclusion within their organisations. By establishing a community of London employers, the programme encourages the sharing of best practices, the formation of robust networks, engagement of senior leaders, and the development of replicable frameworks across the creative industries, thereby driving sustainable change.

Amy Smith, Head of Global Talent at Framestore, expressed her enthusiasm, stating,
"I am absolutely delighted that Framestore has been accepted on to the Workforce Integration Network’s (WIN) Design Labs programme. Over the past few years, we have been making great strides in our work to make Framestore an inclusive and representative workplace. However, there is always more work to be done and, we are hopeful that our participation in the programme and the support, coaching and connections we will build will help us accelerate and further our efforts in the social equity space."

Framestore was introduced to the WIN initiative through its ongoing support for the NextGen Creative Skills Hub. The studio has been instrumental in providing emerging talent with workshops, studio tours, and project steering group support.

Shannice McCalla, Programme Manager of the NextGen Creative Skills Hub, commented:
"While substantial strides have been made to improve equality and diversity within the VFX industry, there is still work to be done. The recent study conducted by UK Screen Alliance revealed that the UK VFX industry comprises 19% of individuals from ethnically diverse backgrounds and 34% female employees. The initiatives launched by the Workforce Integration Network mark a positive step towards further cultivating a diverse and inclusive workforce in London.
"We are delighted that Framestore is joining the Design Labs programme. Our collaboration is a testament to the studio's longstanding commitment to nurturing diverse talent. They are an industry leader in creating opportunities for individuals from all backgrounds to thrive in the creative industries, this partnership represents an exciting continuation of that commitment."

The WIN Design Labs programme is an integral part of The Mayor's Skills Academies Programme, which aims to equip Londoners with the skills necessary to thrive in an evolving work landscape. As part of this initiative, the NextGen Creative Skills Hub delivers industry-endorsed training and support to emerging talent, with the goal of upskilling and inspiring the next generation of creatives from underrepresented groups. The Hub also collaborates with employers to break down barriers to employment.

If you are a studio, employer, or educational organization interested in learning more about the NextGen Creative Skills Hub and WIN initiatives, we would love to hear from you and explore potential collaborations. Please reach out to Shannice McCalla, Hub Programme Manager, via email, and she will be in touch.

Written by

Ben Rust at NextGen