For contractors working in the creative industries, latest government funding is aiming to help future filmmakers, designers and TV producers.
Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock has announced that the government is joining forces with employers, charities and industry partners, in order to develop new pathways into the creative industries for hundreds of people from underrepresented groups.
The new project, which will be delivered by charity Creative Access and skills body Creative Skillset, has been launched as part of the successful bid submitted by Channel 4 on behalf of the creative industries for the Employer Ownership of Skills Pilot.
Matthew Hancock also announced a further £4 million of funding to match industry investment, in a major boost to the creative industries. He said, “Our creative industries are a source of national pride, as well as a vibrant part of our economy. There are 1.7 million jobs in the creative industries – that’s 5% of UK total – with 1 in 10 graduates employed in the industry.
“Everyone in our country – no matter who they are – should have the chance to reach the highest ranks in the creative industries as well as every other part of our national life. This £4 million fund will be key to helping people break into and progress within the creative industries – spreading opportunity and enhancing social mobility.”
David Abraham, CEO of Channel 4, added, “With over 500 industry partners involved, this is the largest collaboration ever achieved across the creative industries. Through this co-investment we can ensure learning and training is of the highest quality and that we can open doors at every level of the creative industries to diverse new talent, voices and ideas; allowing us to own our own growth and collectively invest in skills.”
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