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Bafta is to step up and diversify its education and training efforts with the opening of its first dedicated  learning space next year.

The TV, film and games charity will relaunch its learning and talent development next year and will earmark 4,000 places for young talent to receive year-round support with expansions to its BAFTA Breakthrough, BAFTA Crew and Young Game Designers initiatives.

These will be joined by new initiatives including a national scheme to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds find work experience and apprenticeship.

In all, Bafta said it would engage more than 10m learners online and support 80,000 people a year with the tools to develop their careers.

Redevelopment of the charity’s headquarters in London’s Piccadilly is due for completion next year, positioning it as the central hub for its national and global training programme.

The building will host its first ever dedicated learning space and a range of state-of-the-art technology to support the expanded programme, which will include more public engagement and diversity and inclusion efforts, particularly around disability.

All3Media, Warner Media, Disney and Left Bank Pictures are among the organisations that have donated to the redevelopment, alongside individuals such as producers Duncan Kenworthy and Donald Taffner and Netflix, which also backs Bafta Breakthrough.

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