Party leaders learn about the Creative Nation

,  28 May 2014

Last week, High House Production Park was visited by Prime Minister David Cameron and Culture Secretary Sajid Javid. This week, Labour leader Ed Miliband came to The Backstage Centre to speak about the local and European elections.

Prime Minister and Culture Secretary visit High House Production Park
Prime Minister and Culture Secretary visit High House Production Park

It was a great pleasure to welcome both to our home in Thurrock, which is a target marginal seat for the general election next year. I am sure we will see many more politicians in the coming months.

It’s imperative that policy makers understand the specific challenges that we face in the creative industries.

I was especially glad to have the opportunity to introduce our guests to Building a Creative Nation, our campaign to create jobs and training opportunities for young people.

It’s imperative that policy makers understand the specific challenges that we face in the creative industries. We need to ensure that small creative businesses get the support they need to grow.

We need to ensure that they get the help they need to take on apprentices and nurture a next generation of skilled talent. We need to tackle issues such as a unpaid internships and a lack of workforce diversity.

We also need to build greater links between the creative industries and schools, universities and further education colleges. Creative & Cultural Skills can help make this happen.

The Backstage Centre is really the embodiment of all our work aimed at providing young people with opportunities through collaborative working between industry and education, so I’m delighted that the politicians were able to see for themselves the kind of innovative activity that goes on here, and across the park.


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