We were pleased to welcome the whole A Productions team to our latest Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) workshop at our Old Market studio.
These are quarterly sessions we hold to gather feedback and ideas from staff, as well as update them on recent activities and initiatives that relate to our approach to D&I.
Guest speaker, Lucy Smith, a neurodiversity trainer and consultant, gave a thought-provoking talk on what it means to be neurodivergent and the importance of supporting each other and celebrating our differences.
We also highlighted the great work our mentors have been doing in delivering a fantastic 26 sessions as part of our new internal mentorship programme, which we will be extending in future. Topics so far have encompassed career progression, production management, directing, animation, 3D pipelines and more.
Katherine McQueen, joint managing director of A Productions, said: “It was brilliant to see so many of the team at our workshop. The purpose of these sessions is to provide a welcoming forum within which people can share feedback and thoughts on how we can ensure A Productions is a diverse and inclusive place to work. We are hugely grateful for everyone’s input, which helps us to always strive to do better.”
The team was also updated on A Productions’ latest animation workshop at City Academy Bristol, where students from Years 8 and 9 were invited to pitch their ideas in response to a brief.
We also shared plans for the launch of a new Diversity and Inclusion Committee, set to be made of members of the team who would like to get more actively involved in informing our D&I approach. Staff are also invited to anonymously shared ideas and suggestions via a Virtual Suggestion Box.
You can read more about our Diversity & Inclusion policy here