New funding for the creative sector
Congratulations to our friends at Creative Skillset, who this week announced successful leverage of public money into new skills initiatives in film, TV and radio, animation, games, VFX, publishing, creative digital media, advertising and fashion.
Led by Channel 4, the programme of activity includes 490 new apprenticeship places and 900 training bursaries, alongside a range of initiatives on workforce diversity and CPD.
The group of 500 employers coordinated by Creative Skillset were successful bidders to the Employer Ownership Pilot, a highly competitive fund that challenged employers and partners from across the UK economy to come together, identify critical actions and invest collectively in the skills of their workforces. Businesses from these industries will invest over £17 million to lever £20 million of public investment.
Calling for further investment in the creative industries
Employers and practitioners in the creative and cultural sector will ask how they can access similar funds.
The more an industry can prove its commitment to training, the more Government will take it seriously.
This funding is a pilot, and we know it was incredibly challenging to get it off the ground, so we wait and see if it will repeated and what the learning from it will be.
There is a crucial lesson here though: the more an industry can invest itself, proving its commitment to training, the more this Government will take it seriously.
In the meantime, we encourage you to apply to the Creative Employment Programme which is funding designed to help create jobs for young unemployed people.
We are delighted that progress is being made to Build a Creative Nation, creating thousands of new jobs and opportunities in the creative industries. We must continue on our mission together to do more.