Manchester-based facility Sumners has already agreed to participate in the scheme, which offers post-production training. It will undergo further meetings with Skillset to discuss how it will introduce the initiative within the company.
Sumners has around 25 runners and junior staff and is one of a number of regionally based facilities keen to get more training for entrants, according to managing director Andy Sumner. "Manchester is set to be an even bigger centre for post-production. The raw material of this industry is the people," he said.
Speaking at Broadcast's post-production forum last week, Skillset London manager Triston Wallace said that Manchester and Leeds would be the first cities in the regional rollout of the scheme and cited Bristol, Glasgow and Edinburgh as the next to benefit from First Post.
There are currently 24 students from 13 companies on the scheme.