Cable announces £16m creative skills programme

Cable announces £16m creative skills programme

A publishing training programme led by Oxford Brookes University in partnership with publishers is among the projects announced by business secretary Vince Cable as part of a £16m funding programme to develop skills in the creative industries.

The programme, from Oxford Brookes' Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, working with 125 local publishing employers, is to include a new higher level apprenticeship for publishing, outreach to schools and colleges, and training in digital skills for over 100 workers already employed in the industry.

It is one project among many in the £16m funding programme, a co-investment from government and industry intended to "inspire and support young people to follow in the footsteps of the country's creative heavyweights."

Speaking at the launch of creative industries strategy "Create UK" today (2nd July), Cable said: "The creative industries play a key role in the UK economy. British fashion designers, publishers, software developers, TV and filmmakers have put the UK on the world map with their creative talent. They have also played a big part in driving our economic recovery. UK creative industries generate £71bn in revenue each year and support 1.71 million jobs. We are committed to helping this vital sector grow.

"Developing the skills of the creative workforce lies at the heart of this. We are working with employers from across the sector to open doors within the creative industries."

Other projects funded as part of the scheme include a studio management diploma run by Pinewood Studios with Amersham and Wycombe College, and an ITV Continuing Drama in the North programme for new trainees, working on "Coronation Street" and "Emmerdale" productions, as well as paid internships in top design companies.

Leadership programmes for senior creative business leaders across the sectors, and online training for 12,500 creative industry employees, freelancers and entrepreneurs are also among the measures announced by Cable.

Creative industry employers will also work with schools and further education colleges, providing work experience and careers events.