Creative industries unite to invest £37m in future talent

The creative industries have come together in their largest ever collaboration to invest in skills and talent development after a successful result of a bid to the second round of the Employer Ownership Pilot (EOP2).

Businesses from the creative industries will invest over £17 million to lever £20 million of public investment, bringing the total to £37 million.

The bid, submitted by Channel 4,  will be managed by Creative Skillset on behalf of over 500 creative industries employers and partners, and will deliver a number of ground-breaking initiatives across film, TV and radio, animation, games, VFX, publishing, creative digital media, advertising & marketing communications  and fashion & textiles.

Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock MP says: “Congratulations to Creative Skillset on their successful bid. Today’s announcement is a powerful testament to the industries’ collaborative working and commitment to develop their talented and skilled workforce. 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.

“Five years ago there were virtually no apprentices in the creative industries – there are now over 4,200. In order to ensure this positive change continues we are empowering employers to play an active role in workforce development.

“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 Government funding will be key to helping people break into and progress within the creative industries – spreading opportunity and enhancing social mobility.”