ScreenSkills and Pinewood Studios are joining forces to offer people living near the studios in Iver Heath information on how to transfer their skills to much needed roles in film production.

Skills to Film aims to tackle skills shortages already identified by the industry by taking advantage of existing expertise in the local workforce.

The initiative will offer potential candidates an introduction to the film industry with a view to helping them find roles on productions.

Supported by the BFI as part of its National Lottery funded Future Film Skills Strategy, it is one of a range of initiatives aimed at recruiting 10,000 new entrants by 2022 and encouraging a more diverse workforce, including those returning to the industry after a career break and those with transferable skills from other sectors.

Skills to Film: Pinewood will focus on five areas in production - art, locations, costume, construction and accounts.

A range of skills and expertise that already exist outside the film industry are key to these departments, such as carpentry, plastering, design, sewing and fitting, finance management, marshalling and logistics.

Individuals with such experience are encouraged to apply for a place on an introductory weekend at Pinewood Studios.

The two-day event on June 8 and 9 will include industry panels with senior figures from across film and hands-on workshops where individuals can learn more about different departments in film and the specific skills required to work in them.

The weekend will be followed by a networking event at Pinewood Studios on June 26 - an opportunity for attendees to meet production staff and managers.