Skills Minister announces new investment in creative academy – Training Journal

Skills Minister announces new investment in creative academy – Training Journal

New investment in the National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural has been announced to support the growth of the UK’s creative and cultural industries.

The announcement starts a new three-year development period for the academy, which will benefit a new range of creative organisations, businesses, practitioners and sole traders.

Initiatives will include work with the design industry, backed by the Design Council, BDI, Design Business Association and the Design Commission. New work will now begin with the jewellery sector, led by The Goldsmiths’ Company, Holts Academy and the British Jewellers’ Association. There will also be new activity with the cultural heritage sector, championed by the Museums Association, Tate, V&A and ICON, backed by Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and building on work with the BIS Craft Skills Advisory Board.

John Hayes MP, Minister for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong learning said: “It is businesses themselves that are best-placed to identify the skills they need to drive growth. This investment is very good news for the creative industries and will help them to overcome the skills gaps that stand in the way of them meeting their full potential.

“The National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural has already demonstrated its success in working with over 200 employers in the theatre and music industries. I am delighted that investment will allow them to increase opportunities in the design, cultural heritage and jewellery sectors.”

The Skills Academy will also make new connections with young people, through a new partnership with The Sorrell Foundation, extending the National Art & Design Saturday Club to a broader range of beneficiaries; through new partnership work with the National Skills Academy for Materials, Production and Supply; and by extending the Creative Choices careers programme.

Paul Latham chairman of Creative & Cultural Skills, added: “We have been building our Skills Academy for the last four years through our initiatives for theatre and music.

“It is only through the strength of our existing partnerships, our founder colleges and our industry members, that we were able to make the case for this extension project, which will enormously enhance our offer to young people and strengthen the skills base of a range of creative businesses, individuals and organisations. We look forward to working with a wide range of partners in this new three-year development period.”

Paul Champion

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