The Helen North Achieve Programme

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74% of females over the age of 30 working in animation and vfx in the UK feel that they have or will experience career barriers relating to their gender.*

What is The Helen North Achieve Programme?

The Helen North Achieve Programme is an intensive introduction to strategic career management for women in vfx and animation.  Funded by the ScreenSkills Animation Skills Fund with contributions from UK animation productions and with additional support from Escape Studios the programme addresses real challenges and barriers in order to help women fulfil their potential.

Now in its fourth year, the programme is run by acknowledged career development experts, informed by in-depth industry research* and input from renowned vfx and animation experts including Louise Hussey, Executive VFX Producer at Industrial Light and Magic and Beth Parker, Senior Manager, Production (Animation) EMEA at Disney.

The goal of this highly interactive programme is to help participants to help themselves by developing a much greater understanding of how to manage their own careers within a supportive network of like-minded professionals.

Anne Akande

Who's it for?

Animated Women are offering the opportunity for 24 of their members (12 women from each sector) to take part in The Helen North Achieve Programme.

We are seeking:

  • 8 women at an early stage in their career;
  • 8 experienced practitioners looking to progress their careers; and
  • 8 senior women who have already achieved a lot but are still seeking to reach their full potential, with a genuine interest in helping less experienced women to build fulfilling careers in their sector.
Chloé Deneuve

Programme Details:

The programme is open to all Animated Women UK members, regardless of career stage, who want to progress within the animation or vfx industries, but don’t currently feel armed to do so effectively.

Programme details can be found here.

Not a member yet? Why not join? It's only £30 per year.

When is it?

The course has been specially timetabled from 5.30-8.30pm at central London locations to enable participants to slot it in around work.

Launch/Foundation Workshop: Wednesday, 22nd April
Workshop 1: Wednesday  6th May
Workshop 2: Wednesday 20th  May
Workshop 3: Wednesday 3rd June
Workshop 4: Wednesday 17th June
Senior Group Presentation Skills workshop: Wednesday 24th June
Workshop 5: Wednesday 1st July

Click here for full workshop details

How much does it cost?

Thanks to our sponsors, the course costs just:

  • £250 for senior applicants
  • £200 for experienced applicants
  • £100 for early career stage applicants

You can apply for a bursary if you need assistance with fees, childcare or travel.

It is also worth checking with your company HR team as your employer may choose to fund your place as part of your personal development.

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2020 programme are now closed.  Thank you to everyone who applied.  

*Successful applicants will be required to register with ScreenSkills on their website before beginning the programme. This allows them to monitor the success and ongoing impact of their work. This account will be private by default and all data entered will only be used anonymously, e.g. for reporting to funders. You can find more information here.

Registration for the Helen North Achieve Programme is closed

Achieve Online 2020

You can still apply for our four 'Achieve Online 2020' stand-alone workshops this June. Two of these - 'Confidence and Getting your Voice Heard' and 'Impact and Building the Brand You' have been adapted from our 'Helen North Achieve Programme' sessions.


If you have any questions relating to the programme please email

If you have a marketing or press enquiry, please email Carrie Mok.

*AWUK survey 2014/15

Helen North

Helen North

Helen was Career Development Director on the AWUK Board. She spent her early career at Skillset pioneering training programmes across the Creative industries. Her determination to drive for gender equality led her to AWUK.  She became one of the original board members in 2014 and her voice was always a vital, caring and direct contribution to any discussion. Helen was the architect and driving force behind our Achieve Programme, which focuses on career development for women in VFX and Animation, and we are incredibly proud to continue the great work she started in her name.


ScreenSkills is the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen-based creative industries - animation, film, games, television including children's TV and high-end drama, VFX and immersive technology. We work across the whole of the country to ensure that UK screen has access now, and in the future, to the skills and talent needed for continued success.

escape studios

Escape Studios

From VFX to Game Art, Animation to Motion Graphics, Escape Studios is recognised as a first-class education provider for the creative industries.

We take students with raw talent and shape them into the creative professionals demanded by today’s employers. With courses developed by industry experts, at Escape Studios you learn from the best.

We offer undergraduate degrees in VFX, Animation and Game Art. Plus a range of postgraduate degrees and short courses such as Motion Graphics, Storyboarding and VR. We don’t just love the creative industries, we live and breathe them; our focus is on ensuring all of our students leave studio-ready.

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