Strategic thinking for the creative industries in Northern Ireland

 6 October 2014

The Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure in Northern Ireland has called for industry guidance as they shape policy and invest in one of the country’s fastest growing economic sectors.

Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín with Ian Kennedy, Kate O'Connor and Anne Stirling of Creative Skillset NI at the first meeting.
Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín with Ian Kennedy, Kate O'Connor and Anne Stirling of Creative Skillset NI at the first meeting.

Our Building a Creative Nation Campaign feeds directly into this agenda. Creative & Cultural Skills has a key role to play in reflecting the needs of industry and education to drive forward our core mission of giving young people opportunities to work and learn in the creative industries, ensuring that employers benefit from a skilled generation of talent and helping the creative industries continue on a course of economic growth.

Government engagement in the creative industries

In response to this call, Creative & Cultural Skills has joined with Creative Skillset NI to form a new Ministerial Advisory Forum in Northern Ireland.

Meeting in September at Parliament Buildings in Belfast, the forum welcomed Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín. She was clear that the Forum will be about taking real action to harness the potential of the creative industries. 

We are delighted to be a part of this new initiative. By partnering with Creative Skillset NI the forum will be able to deliver the industry’s perspective on issues affecting the entire creative sector, from music and television, to gaming, design and cultural heritage.

Creative education and skills

A central part of the new forum’s remit will be to address education and skills issues. All sides agree on the need to develop better career pathways for young people, including tackling issues such as unpaid internships and the need to support small business to recruit and train new talent in a sustainable way.

A central part of the new forum’s remit will be to address education and skills issues.

As employment in the creative sector continues to grow, the Minister recognised the need for further collaboration:

"Industry, government and the community can work better together to strengthen a creative industries and innovation pipeline providing more young people from all backgrounds with industry-relevant skills and opportunities.

"Our common purpose is to work together to help local creative businesses thrive and to fully harness the potential of the creative industries to stimulate innovation across the economy and wider society."

The Forum is timely with the National Skills Academy work growing in Northern Ireland and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland soon to launch their Creative Apprenticeships and Internships programme.


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